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National ENERGY GLOBE Award Bangladesh 2017

Submitted by: Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM)
Project: Water sanitation and hygiene (WASH) program

The WASH programs are specially aimed at creating awareness among people on the essential needs and benefits of safe water and use of sanitary latrines, motivating people on behavioral change and assisting and facilitating construction of tube-wells and sanitary latrines has reached out to wider geographical areas.

Initial situation
The fragile ecology crowded onto low-lying land where annual monsoon floods contaminate water sources and leave millions with appalling sanitary conditions are also troubled by rapid urbanization and poverty of the masses. This itself presented a dire need of bringing services around basic facilities like safe water, improved sanitation and hygiene promotion.

Solution
As a solution, they started a program for better awareness including the use of safe water, sanitary latrines, and hygiene education as promotional activities to reach multiple benefits to the beneficiaries. The overall impact has been a significant reduction of water borne diseases like cholera, diarrhea, dysentery, etc. and a reduction in the number of child deaths, facilities better prepared to continue to provide WASH in disasters and climate related events; reduced health care acquired infections, anti-microbial resistance, and improved health and safety.

Innovation
Innovation for DAM comes into play when they introduced locally appropriate technological options of safe water supply, low-cost sanitary latrine materials, promotion of smokeless ovens, promotion of homestead tree plantation and nursery raising, a platform with water points and sanitary latrines up to flood level, female caretakers of deep hand tube-wells, women bathing corners and girl’s separate toilets with MHM system, and programmatic cost-effectiveness to negotiate WASH program challenges.

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Jury-Rating
Innovation is especially needed in densely populated coastal areas, where a huge number of people has no knowledge of safe water, no hygienic standards and no recycling knowledge. This year's national winner of the Energy Globe Award in Bangladesh started a project which will help to spread awareness among the people and built technological options of safe water supply. Congratulations on your initiative!



Capital: Dhaka
Official language: Bengali
Total area: 147.570 km²
Population: 161.083.804
GDP/Capita/Year: $638
Source: Wikipedia 2012