WASH: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

For CARE, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) – or Water+ is about linking what we do in water, sanitation and hygiene with other disciplines. It is about increasing sustainable and functional WASH services – but also about how our programs can complement other areas and improve lives, through expanding dignity, health or economic possibilities. Our school WASH programs aim to deliver hygiene and puberty education, sustainable facilities and services for boys and girls (and teachers) to drink clean water, use clean, private toilets, and have soap and water for washing on a daily basis. We advocate for increasing budgets for menstrual materials, soap, water and disposal facilities in girls’ latrines.

CARE Water+ partners with nutrition programs, from handwashing and clean water for children under five – to separation of children from animals in the home. In health clinics we promote safe water and clean, functional latrines. We partner with Sexual and Reproductive Health teams to increase infection control facilities such as proper waste disposal and handwashing with soap in health clinics.

In the resources below, read more about how Water+ impacts four key areas:



SWASH+ is a program that improves WASH in schools in Kenya.
Read more about this 10-year project.


WA-WASH improved water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), but also addressed issues of food security, gender equity and climate change adaptation in 21 communities in Ghana.
Read more about this project.


CARE initiated the LEGAS WASH promotion program in 2011 to address the shortage of safe drinking water, scarcity of water resources, limited sanitation services and poor hygiene in North Western Ethiopia.
See a 2014 brief here.

South Gondar, Ethiopia

The CARE Ethiopia WASH team has been working in South Gondar for nearly two decades. We have engaged the government and communities in improving communication, sustainable coverage, assessments to improve services, and focusing on women’s involvement.
See a 2011 brief here.


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