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December 21, 2017

CAMRIS Promotes Clean Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Practices in Mali

Tanks and other supplies that the Mali EESA project distributed to schools in Mali.

The CAMRIS-implemented, Mali EESA project distributed water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) kits to 250 schools in the regions of Segou, Mopti, Timbuktu, and Kidal in Mali. Mali EESA also provided school principals and teachers with training on WASH, established and trained management committees for water storage facilities, installed drinking water storage tanks in schools, and provided the schools with water treatment products. Additionally, teachers and Mali EESA’s Agents de Mobilisation Communautaire (AMCs, community mobilization/engagement officers) trained students on good WASH practices and helped them to establish hygiene clubs.

Mali EESA conducted a series of workshops, during which 141 principals and 29 AMCs received training on the importance of hygiene in disease prevention and good hygiene practices, such as cleaning latrines, washing hands with soap, sanitizing water, disposing of waste, and monitoring food hygiene. The project also trained principals on how to set up and supervise school hygiene clubs and provided them with definitions and information on WASH terms and concepts, such as hygiene education, water station, water supply, drinking water, water point, wastewater, contamination, and so on.

Once principals received training, they, in turn, collaborated with the Mali EESA team, pedagogical advisors, and directors of their respective school’s sub-districts to train the teachers at their schools. Thus far, Mali EESA has trained 781 teachers and school principals (548 male and 233 female) in 198 out of 231 schools in Segou, Mopti, Timbuktu, and Gao. Additional trainings, including for schools in Kidal, are scheduled for year three of the Mali EESA project.

After conducting a needs assessment of the schools, AMCs found that only 111 out of 250 targeted schools are equipped with drinking water points. The Mali EESA team will review the functioning of these water points and the composition of the management committees during the next scheduled data collection to prepare their training and set up committees in schools.

Staff at École Qukan provide students with information on the WASH stations and good WASH practices.

Furthermore, in collaboration with teachers, the AMCs established hygiene clubs where they did not already exist and trained students so that the clubs are effective. Teachers also helped students hold 3,141 hygiene days at the targeted schools in Segou, Timbuktu, Gao, Mopti, and Kidal. 

A teacher demonstrates to students how they should wash their hands.

The Mali EESA project supplied one WASH kit to each of the 250 targeted schools.

The Mali EESA project provided a water tank to each of the 250 targeted schools.

The WASH kits included a 30-liter bucket with lid for the conservation of drinking water in classrooms, a one-liter cup for drinking water stations, a large plastic kettle with wire, bleach (carton of 12 bottles of ¼ liter or more), a plastic bottle with handle and a cleaning product for cleaning latrines, detergents for cleaning the classrooms and latrines, a toilet brush, household gloves (rubber gloves that are suitable for children age ten and over), a bin for the schoolyard, plastic bins for classrooms, a thick sponge for blackboards, a dustpan and brush, tablets for water treatment, a bamboo sweeper for cleaning classrooms and schoolyard, a bamboo sweeper for cleaning latrines, and a 200L cask for storage .

The WASH kits include a storage tank, cleaning products, and tablets to treat water.

As a result of Mali EESA’s WASH efforts, the principals, teachers, and students at the targeted 250 schools now have greater access to WASH facilities and are better equipped with knowledge of good hygiene practices, which they can share with their families and communities. 

A student washes his hands at the newly provided WASH station at his school.

More Information on the CAMRIS Implemented, Mali EESA Project