Interim Evaluation of a Large Scale WASH Improvement Programme on Childhood Diarrhea and Respiratory Disease in Rural Bangladesh

Started in 2007, the Sanitation Hygiene Education and Water Supply in Bangladesh (SHEWA-B) project aims to improve the WASH supply for 20 million people in Bangladesh, and thus reduce disease among this population. This paper assesses the effectiveness of SHEWA-B on changing behaviors and reducing diarrhea and respiratory illness among children under the age of 5. The study found that SHEWA-B resulted in improvements in a few of its targeted behaviors, but that these modest behavior changes had not yet resulted in a measurable reduction in childhood diarrhea and respiratory illness.

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