SPLASH in Zambia
SPLASH (Schools Promoting Learning Achievement through Sanitation and Hygiene), a USAID/Zambia funded WASHplus activity, brought clean drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene education to primary schools in Eastern Province. By providing a cleaner and safer learning environment, SPLASH aspired to improve the health, learning, and performance of pupils and teachers. Activities centered on providing safe water and adequate sanitation and adopting better hygiene practices. As part of the menstrual hygiene management component, girls’ latrines were equipped with washrooms and schools were encouraged to stock sanitary pads and other hygiene consumables, such as soap and toilet paper. The SPLASH program saw an anecdotal increase in enrollment and a 26% reduction in student absenteeism.