A very positive outcome of our Rano Madio project in Madagascar:
20 schools on Sainte-Marie Island, off the east coast, participated in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programmes. In this framework, between 2016 and 2021 we conducted a study on sustainable access to water treatment and the impact on the incidence of diarrhoea in the region.
💧 The health centres around the schools participating in the programme saw a 58% decrease in diarrhoea cases between 2018 and 2021. There appears to be an association between the decrease in diarrhoea cases and the implementation of the programme. The strategy used can be replicated elsewhere.
The success of the programme however remains multifactorial, depending on community commitment, appropriate technology, funding and government support to ensure sustainability.
📢 The results were compiled and published in a research article published in February 2023 in the Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development.
🙏 Many thanks to our partners at GHIMAO and the authors Renata Nogueira, Pierre-Gilles Duvernay, Jean Donné Stanislas Razafimahatratra, Lucas Pittet and Justin Veuthey for making this study possible!