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 by Huda et al. (2011), published in Social Science and Medicine, 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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