Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Artibonite and Centre (WASH)

Reporting Organization:UNICEF
Total Budget ($CAD):$ 12,000,000
Timeframe: March 18, 2014 - May 31, 2019
Status: Implementation
Contact Information: Unspecified

Partner & Funder Profiles

Reporting Organization


Participating Organizations

Funders (Total Budget Contribution)

Return to top


Country - Total Budget Allocation

Haiti - $ 12,000,000.00 (100.00%)

Return to top

Areas of Focus

Health - Total Budget Allocation

Infectious & Communicable Diseases (20 %)

Other - Total Budget Allocation

WASH (80 %)

Return to top


This initiative aims to reduce the number of deaths caused by diarrheal diseases by reducing sanitation risks in the most vulnerable zones of Artibonite. The initiative will also aim to improve access to potable water, to sanitation, and will make concerted efforts to sensitize families of the most vulnerable women and children to the benefits of improved hygiene practices. This UNICEF initiative will focus on the provinces of Artibonite and Centre, where cholera remains an ever-present threat and where diarrheal diseases remain the most common cause of mortality among children under 5 years of age. UNICEF will work closely with the Government of Haiti and with other important stakeholders who work in water sanitation, and hygiene, both at the national and regional level to maximise coordination and impact of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) interventions. The project aims to improve access to 240,000 people, including women and children, to drinking water in communities across the provinces of Artibonite and Centre. The project will work to improve water, sanitation and hygiene in 140 schools, as well as establish well-managed and sustainable WASH systems in 30 clinics and hospitals. This project is part of Canada’s Maternal, Newborn and Child Health commitment.

Return to top

Target Population

Gender and age: Adult women Adult men Adolescent females Adolescent males Children, girls Children, boys Under-5 children Newborns Older adults, women Older adults, men
Total Direct Population: 240,000
Return to top



Return to top

Results & Indicators

Expected Results


Achieved Results

Results achieved as of March 2018 include: 1) Governance: (a) efforts to achieve coordination, harmonization, complementarity and synergy between the technical and financial partners are increasingly apparent; b) six steering committees in the communes have been established and the departmental technical committee meets regularly to validate the implementation and guide key decisions for the project; 2) In the communities: In Artibonite: (a) 78% of potable water supply systems and 59% of planned water points are built and operational – which helped the rate of access to an improved water source increase from 58% to 69% in 2016; (b) community meetings (commonly known as “déclenchement”) to educate the public on the importance of using toilets to defecate have been organized in 45 new locations, and these meetings are dedicated to putting an end to the practice of open defecation; In the Central Department: (a) nine human-operated pumps are operational; (b) a market study of home water treatment products has started. Results of this study will make it possible to better understand the context of home water treatment; to develop the market, particularly in urban and peri-urban areas; and to provide guidance for the rural areas; (c) community approach to total sanitation (ACAT) has been implemented; 3) In schools: In Artibonite: (a) hygiene promotion activities took place in 24 schools in the communes of Gros Morne, St-Marc and St-Michel, and four of these schools were certified “école amie de l’hygiène” [friend of hygiene school] by the Ministry of National Education; (b) hygiene level assessments were conducted in 36 schools with a total of 8,000 students. In the Central Department: a) UNICEF carried out the identification and assessment of WASH needs in 10 schools in Lascahobas, and 30 schools have been identified and validated in Hinche for a needs assessment; (b) 56 people (including 15 women) received training on hygiene in school settings; (c) 200 students (including 97 girls) from two schools participated in hygiene advocacy sessions; 4) In health centres: (a) two of the three health institutions in the communes of Gros Morne, St-Marc and St-Michel in Artibonite are now equipped with electric pumps and a comfort station; (b) 370 polyvalent community health agents were trained on cholera prevention in four of the project’s communes.

Results achieved as of March 2017 include the following: (1) in communities participating in the project, 460 latrines were built and 495 more are under construction; (2) almost 20% of households targeted by the project committed to changing their hygienic practices; (3) of the 67 water infrastructures (wells and water systems) to be installed, two drillings have been completed and 28 others are under way; and (4) in the schools targeted by the project, 16 bathroom facilities are under construction. Outputs achieved after the project’s expansion and extension: (1) social engineering interventions were implemented in the field through Oxfam Québec; (2) engineering studies for the infrastructures have been completed in 36 communities and invitation to tender processes have been completed; (3) six successful bidders were contracted by DINEPA (the national water and sanitation department) to build potable water and sanitation infrastructures; (4) interventions between various players were coordinated through steering committees, technical departmental committees and municipalities; and (5) government entities such as DINEPA and the Ministries of Health and of Education were strengthened at the institutional level.


  • None Selected
Return to top
Return to top

Associated Projects (If applicable)

Return to top