Global Ministries

The United Methodist Church

Connecting the Church in Mission

WATER, SANITATION, & HYGIENE (WASH)

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Program Goal: The Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) program’s goal is to support the efforts of our community partners to scale up access WASH services to schools, communities, and health facilities with critical WASH needs.

Framework: To ensure successful implementation, the program follows the best-practice guidelines and targets, as put forth by the World Health Organization and UNICEF. Thus, our program designs stipulate:

  • Water sources that provide year-round access;
  • Water sources and sanitation facilities located no more than 500 meters from their primary users; 
  • No open defection (ODF) in target schools and communities; 
  • Increased menstrual hygiene management (MHM) support for secondary-aged school girls; and
  • Community WASH education.
Strategy: To meet these targets, the Global Health Unit of Global Ministries provides grants to implementing partners around the world, to enhance their capacity to meet the priority actions above. All support is expected to contribute to a holistic strategy of community-based health and development.

Funded activities
  1. Improved sources of drinking water such as piped water into dwellings, piped water to yard/plots, public taps or standpipes, tube wells or boreholes, protected dug wells, protected spring or rainwater collection systems
  2. Improved sanitation projects such as flush toilets, piped sewer systems, septic tanks, flush/pour flush to pit latrines, ventilated improved pit latrines (VIPs), pit latrines with slab or composting toilets. We encourage designs that are sensitive to menstrual hygiene.
  3. Narrow Water Dispensers such as containers with narrow openings for filling, and dispensing e.g. spouts or taps/spigots, to protect the collected water from contaminants.
  4. Water treatment filters including ceramic filters, chlorination, reverse osmosis or solar, ultraviolet treatment systems.
  5. Integration of community WASH education into existing services e.g. integration of household water treatment, safe storage, and hand washing education with maternal health services utilizes an important opportunity to link childhood diarrhea disease prevention with antenatal visits and as a result provide "whole health" solutions.
  6. Education on hand washing with soap as an action that could potentially reduce the number of diarrhea cases by over 40 percent.  

Your gifts to the UMCOR WASH Advance #3020600 supports this work

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Resources

World Health Organization and UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP). (2015). Progress on Drinking Water and Sanitation, 2015 Update and MDG Assessment.
United States Census Bureau Estimates. (2015). United States and World Population Clock.
International Telecommunication Union (ITU). (2015). The World in 2015 ICT Facts and Figures.
World Economic Forum. (2015). Global Risks 2015 Report.
- WASH Program FAQ on Menstrual Hygiene Products

Contact Information

Lorrie L. King, MPH
WASH & Food Security Programs Manager
lking@umcor.org