The acronym WASH acknowledges that clean water must work in tandem with good sanitation and hygiene practices to prevent disease: handwashing, using latrines and dish racks, and more.
Without these, it’s possible to lose some of the gains of clean water.
For example, even with a new well, children will still suffer from diarrhea if human waste finds its way into food via dirty hands or open defecation.
In many African project areas, World Vision staff have introduced an ingeniously simple hand-washing device called a “tippy tap,” employing a water can and a bar of soap hanging from a tree.
Photo©2016 World Vision, Kebede Gizachew Ayalew