The project "Water supply, sanitation, hygiene promotion and
health in Vietnam" (SANIVAT) has as its longterm objective to improve health and living conditions of the rural poor including ethnic minorities through the provision of clean water, sanitation, hygiene promotion and protection of the environment. SANIVAT study the effect of these types of interventions implemented by the
National Target Program on Rural Water Supply and Sanitation (NTP-RWSS) as well as other donor programs in Vietnam. By assessing the impacts of such interventions on human health and hygiene perceptions, SANIVAT contributes to more efficient interventions within water supply, sanitation and hygiene promotion. Outcome of PhD studies have shown how school sanitation educational programs could be improved by strengthening teaching courses and dialog with family households.These and other results are continuously commincated to national authorities, donors and in the international scientific literature.
Impact and policy changes
- During SANIVAT a total of 5 PhD and 2 MSc fellows have conducted their study programs. More than 10 peer-reviewed articles have been published, and numerous presentations to a wide range of stakeholders have been done.
- SANIVAT has shown how research can be integrated into a national and international supported water and sanitation program (RWSS-NTPII), i.e. to assess health impact and community responses to interventions.
- Continued dialog and meetings with institutional stakeholders in RWSS-NTPII, e.g. through the WATSAN network, and local institutions in Lao Cai province, have ensured dissemination of results and experiences to key stakeholders and end-users.