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WaSH Safety Plans and their Application in Rural Growth Centres in Uganda

Analysis of the Development of WaSH Safety Plans

Katharina Gerlinde Aspalter

Wien, Dezember 2013 | 978-3-902906-04-5

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WaSH) are very important factors for the health status of every country all over the world. Project and programme interventions in the area of hygiene and health care have high impacts on health indicators in developing countries. Nevertheless international donors and donor organizations support mostly hardware - i.e. water pipes, waste water systems, water treatment plans and others - and their management. The support of hygiene is seen as a further tool which is linked to education and other skills. Therefore the author of the thesis takes the deficits of the Water Safety Plan of the World Health Organization and shows in her thesis that health objectives can be reached if hygiene activities are taken in combination with new concepts of the water sector. Most challenging is the interference of technical and health and sector political aspects.

Taking into consideration that as well Uganda as the water sector are priorities of the Austrian Development Cooperation (OEZA) since decades the thesis with its empirical study of six rural developmental centers is of specific interest of the OEZA. The author shows with her empirical research that the implementation of the WaSH Safety Plans in rural areas makes sense. This approach is a wider approach of water supply and water management which takes into account more intensive the impact of project and programme intervention. Therefore the thesis of Katharina Gerlinde Aspalter fits very well in the series of ÖFSE Forum.

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