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Water, sanitation and hygiene

Water, sanitation and hygiene activities improve access to clean water sources, adequate sanitation and proper waste management.

Water, sanitation and hygiene is integral to our work tackling vector-borne and neglected tropical diseases. 

By addressing the faecal-oral route of transmission and reducing breeding sites for multiple disease vectors, healthier environments are created to help prevent the spread of diseases. To improve access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene practices we focus on:

Infrastructure development

MENTOR works with local authorities and other agencies to improve water supply systems, build or repair sanitation facilities, and establish safe and sustainable hygiene infrastructure.

Urban WASH

In urban areas, addressing water supply and storage alongside sanitation and waste management challenges require approaches that consider population density, limited space and varying socio-economic conditions. 

Tippy taps

Tippy Taps are simple, low-cost handwashing devices that promote proper hand hygiene, especially in settings with limited resources. They are an innovative and sustainable solution to encourage handwashing. 

Community-led total sanitation

Community-led total sanitation empowers and engages communities to take ownership of their sanitation and hygiene solutions. Through a sense of ownership and shared responsibility, community-led total sanitation create lasting changes in sanitation behaviours, reduces open defecation and contributes to overall improvements in health.

Waste management

Good waste management is essential for maintaining a clean and healthy environment and to reduce mosquito breeding sites. Waste management strategies are implemented that promote safe disposal practices and removal of waste, in partnership with local stakeholders. Activities focus on raising awareness, training local health workers, and establishing waste collection and disposal systems.