Access to water, sanitation and hygiene remains an essential part of an integrated approach to development
More than 65,000 village water, sanitation and hygiene committees have been formed across Bangladesh giving the community an independent role to manage their own services. We have established water safety plans, installed deep tube wells, tested water quality and provided loans for tube well platform construction, which protects water sources from being contaminated. Arsenic and saline-prone areas are prioritized where alternative water technologies are implemented.
Active since 2006 we’ve ensured that 39 million people have access to a hygienic latrine and 2.3 million people have access to a safe water source, many of whom live in hard to reach areas. There has been a reduction in open defecation in Bangladesh from 34 per cent in 1990 to 1 per cent in 2015.
Bringing WASH to Schools
Through student WASH committees, BRAC has been supporting peer-to-peer education to help the poorest children in Dhaka and Chittagong learn about safe water, sanitation and hygiene practices. Watch this video to learn more.
BRAC’s oral therapy extension programme in Bangladesh teaches poor, often illiterate mothers, in rural communities how to make oral rehydration solution (ORS), a simple but lifesaving water-salt-sugar solution for children with diarrhea. Since 1980, BRAC has been instrumental in developing ORS training methods, and has trained over 12 million women and saved countless lives. Read more
Islands of hope
We work to improve sanitation in the haors, or wetlands, of Bangladesh by constructing floating latrines that rise when it floods. In addition, we are piloting our integrated development programme which can bring a holistic set of services including health, education and livelihood training, to these vulnerable communities. Read more
Pond sand filters
Pond sand filters are an effective low-cost option for areas where high salinity is a problem and climate change is causing sea levels to rise. We construct pond sand filters, with the capacity to serve 50-60 families. The filters require regular maintenance and cleaning, all of which involve money and labour. A water management committee oversees each pond sand filter, encouraging participation from the community to help keep the filters functioning. Read more