About BRAC WASH II
Updated - Tuesday 05 June 2012
BRAC WASH II aims for a sustained change - a measurable leap – in personal/family hygiene, sanitation and water safety. However, real changes in practices (such as handwashing with soap, continued use and maintenance of latrines, using safe water sources or keeping water safe from source to mouth) take time to become habitual. Behaviour change takes time and does not move at the same speed everywhere.
The programme focuses on sustainably improved household and school sanitation and hygiene practices, and safe drinking water use. Improvements are community-based and -managed. Support comes from about 5,000 programme workers, of whom more than 96% are field-based. The BRAC WASH II programme is jointly funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands (EKN)/DGIS, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and has the following objectives:
- Targeting 2 million people (sanitation), 4.2 million people (hygiene), and 0.5 million (water safety) in 20 Upazillas (new and hard to reach)
- Ensuring sustainable access to sanitation of 25.6 million people and safe hygiene behaviour of 38.8 million people in 150 Upazillas (already initiated in BRAC WASH I).
- Targeting an estimated 624,000 Households in the 150 Upazillas already reached in BRAC WASH I and in 5 additional Upazillas.
- Specific focus on sanitation and composting business.