Online Post Graduate Diploma in Water Hygiene and Sanitation (WASH)

Mode of Learning: Online Learning

Course Duration: One Year  (2 hours a day)

Course Background

According to UNICEF-IPM, every ninety seconds, a child dies due to water borne diseases At the same time, one in every ten people cannot access safe water while three in every ten people in the world lack access to a toilet. Globally over 2.8 billion people lack quality water and sanitation facilities. It has been noted that over 780 million people drink unsafe water. Unsafe water and sanitation services, coupled with poor hygiene practices, kill and incapacitate millions of children leading to deprivation and minimized opportunities for many more.

This Post Graduate Course introduces learners to the core principles of designing, planning, implementing and evaluating projects to improve access to water supply and sanitation facilities and improve hygiene behaviors among communities.

The course therefore provides advanced understanding of WASH in the context of wider development and public health challenges and interventions while illustrating the practical solutions necessary to deliver on health, development, humanitarian and /emergency needs


Course Objectives:

By the end of the course, the learner will be able to:

      Master WASH issues and relate them with public health and development challenges in developing countries.

      Master the dynamics of water supply, waste management, drainage and relate them to public health issues for effective community hygiene promotion interventions.

      Develop competence for budgeting and allocation of resources for WASH programming.

      Acquire capacity to design, monitor and evaluate WASH programmes

Target Group

The course targets community mobilizers, hygiene promoters, WASH managers, project officers, project assistants, public and community health officers, WASH consultants, as well development and humanitarian staff interested in WASH programming.

Course Content

Module 1. Introduction to Water, Hygiene and Sanitation 

 Definitions of water, sanitation and hygiene programmes and types of WASH Programs and interventions.

Module 2. Hygiene Promotion

Community involvement in WASH Programming, needs assessment, community participation and engagement, community water supply systems, human waste disposal methods, waste management, gender issues in WASH programming.

Module 3. Disease Prevention and Management

Defining Communicable diseases, Types of communicable diseases, disease transmission and prevention, disease control and management, disease outbreak, investigation processes and management.

Module 4. Hygiene Education and Health Awareness

Health education and hygiene promotion definitions. The role of hygiene promoters, communication methods and strategies, information and communication materials development, behavior change communication approaches.

Module 5. Environmental Health Hazards

Definitions, biological hazards, chemical hazards, material and natural hazards, identification of hazards and analysis, hazards prevention, control and management.

Module 6. Community Participation 

Defining Community Participation and Involvement, Planning for community involvement and participation, Stakeholder Analysis and resource mobilization for WASH programmes

Module 7. WASH in Public Institutions 

WASH in schools, refugee camps, prisons, markets, urban areas, slums, rural areas, business set ups etc. Case studies and lessons learnt in WASH in Institutions.

Module 8. Monitoring and Evaluation of WASH Projects 

M/E Definitions, Designing and planning projects, Indicators, M & E plan, types of M & E, steps in monitoring and evaluation, logical framework models, developing M & E tools, data collection plan, data analysis, data management and communicating M/E outcomes.

Module 9. Technical Issues in Wash Programming

Water collection points, Water treatment, construction of septic tanks and Toilets, Drilling Boreholes, Modern methods of Waste Management.

Cost: Amount €1200 per Person

Courses begin on 1st of every month


 The Training Manager

Strategia Netherlands

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