Project Example

Water, Sanitation & Hygiene Posters

Suaahara was a five year (2011-2016) project funded by USAID aimed to improve the nutritional status of women and children in 41 districts of Nepal. The project focused on improving health and nutrition behaviors at the household level through promotion of Essential Nutrition and Hygiene Actions (EN/HA), particularly Maternal, Infant and Young Child Nutrition (MIYCN), and addressing other determinants of under-nutrition, such as availability of and access to food, hygiene, quality of health care, child spacing and socio-cultural factors including gender and marginalization.

Suaahara was implemented by a consortium of partner organizations led by Save the Children. The SBCC strategy established an internal quality materials review and production system to ensure that all partners in the consortium had mutually reinforcing, quality materials developed, pretested, produced and disseminated to the end user.

Suaahara developed these water, sanitation and hygiene posters as training aid material with communication input from SBCC team and technical input from thematic partner organization Nepal Water for Health (NEWAH) emphasizes hygiene needs around the home with key messages as below:

  • Importance of Toilet – “If I have toilet in my house, I will be able to use toilet immediately”
  • “Pride to have toilet in a house”
  • Wash your hand at critical times to be safe from diahorrea and typhoid
  • Water Purifying Methods Poster
  • Hand washing before feeding child
  • Dispose child feces in a toilet
  • How to keep baby away from dirt
  • Key behavior Poster

Objectives of developing these posters were to enhance knowledge on water, sanitation and hygiene and able to practice them immediately at home by knowing importance of toilet use, know about the method of water treatment, know about the critical times for hand washing and the reason etc.

These posters were produced and distributed through training and local NGO partners disseminated in all public places in Suaahara implementing districts throughout the project period with reprinting of the materials as demanded from the field.

Source: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health/ Center for Communication Programs

Date of Publication: March 25, 2019