Assessing Linkages between Community-based Water and Sanitation Programming and Ebola prevention in Liberia

Session Number: 2240
Track: International and Cross Cultural Evaluation
Session Type: Poster
Tags: Health, public health
Session Chair: Susan Morawetz [Global Communities]
Presenter 1: Pieter DeVries [Global Communities]
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Pieter DeVries [Senior Technical Advisor - Global Communities]
Second Author or Discussion Group Leader: Susan Morawetz [Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist - Global Communities]
Time: Nov 11, 2015 (07:00 PM - 09:00 PM)
Room: Grand Ballroom, Poster 203

Audience Level: All Audiences

Session Abstract: 

Through the USAID-funded Improving Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (IWASH) Program in Liberia, Global Communities helped residents
improve their overall health through better water supply systems, sanitation and hygiene practices. A key component was Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS), an innovative methodology for mobilizing communities to become Open Defecation Free (ODF). In response to reports that despite Ebola outbreaks across Liberia and in areas close to our project sites, IWASH communities that had reached ODF stafus remained Ebola free. In response to these claims, Global Communities hired public health consultants to carry out a study to valide whether ODF communities had indeed remained Ebola free, to examine whether there was any correlation between ODF status and IWASH programming, and to control for other plausible explanations. In our study we discovered that 100% of ODF communities had indeed remained Ebola free during the outbreak.