The Northern Region Health and Hygiene Project
Duration: 2000 - 2003
The Northern Region Health and Hygiene Project was designed to yield multiple health benefits to communities in Mali. Through a combined approach that coupled Information-Education-Communication (IEC)/Behavior Change Communication (BCC) health education training and the construction of wells and latrines at schools and in communities, behavior change agents were able to drastically increase preventative health practices.
Primary project objectives included the following:
During its lifespan, the project constructed 21 wells, 20 manual pumps and approximately 100 latrines. Additionally, project staff organized and trained village and neighborhood water committees in the use and management of water and sanitation installations and on information related to water and sanitation. These committees, in turn, organized and educated villagers and community members to reach a total population of 225,506 individuals in the Gao, Kidal and Tombouctou regions.
The project also supported the local development strategy by working through locally elected commune representatives (communal council) to select and provide technical and financial assistance to project beneficiaries proposing feasible and viable income generating activities.