Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Education service provision remains a major challenge in Zimbabwe. The service level ratio of Water and Sanitation infrastructure continues to decline. Sporadic incidences of water-borne diseases such as typhoid, cholera and bilharzia continue to occur in both urban and rural areas. This is worsened by poor sanitation and hygiene such as open defecation. Poor waste and sewage disposal is a major issue in and around urban areas. There is inadequate knowledge at community level to address the Water Sanitation and Hygiene related challenges. The underlying causes of the problems include but are not limited to reduced water table leading to inaccessible clean water, continual breakdown of borehole technology, contamination of water through illegal mining activities, poor drainage systems in urban areas and excessive pressure on sewage reticulation systems and aging infrastructure which is difficult to maintain. Zimbabwe aspires for Open Defecation Free (ODF) communities, to which Christian Care want to contribute to improve the welfare of the poor. Improving drinking water supply will also help reduce the spread of water borne diseases. This will be achieved through increasing community capacity to manage and maintain water & sanitation infrastructure, and Participatory Health & Hygiene Education (PHHE); construction of new Water and Sanitation infrastructure: BVIPs, eco-friendly sanitation facilities, drilling of new boreholes and rehabilitating existing ones as well as complementing small towns and local authorities to upgrade their Water and Sanitation infrastructure. Christian Care also intends to build capacity to respond to Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Education (WASH) challenges arising from emergencies and disasters. The assumptions about the achievement of WASH outputs include the availability of funds and the willingness of communities to contribute to the construction of water facilities and household latrines. Intermediate outcomes will be realised if the affected communities utilise the hygiene knowledge and the WASH facilities; and the relevant Ministries play their respective roles effectively and in an enabling manner. The long term goal would be achieved if government and other development actors in the sector carry out similar interventions at a significant scale and WASH practices also change.

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