Mud to Mortar


Savar and Dhamrai Upazila, Bangladesh





Health Concern

Diarrheal Disease, Upper Respiratory Infections

Project Hypothesis

Flooring upgrades will reduce diarrheal disease in peri-urban and rural homes near Savar, Bangladesh.

Project Strategy

Construction of cost-effective, low-tech, easily cleaned concrete flooring intervention and education campaigns educating beneficiaries and community on best sanitation and hygiene practices.

Project Outcomes

The project reduced diarrheal disease but also proved that the flooring intervention has a number of health and social co-benefits, making the return on investment high. Through multiple iterations, the flooring intervention for Phase III costs $1.21 per square foot.

Number of Structures Improved

  • 295


  • 1,259 people received new floors
  • 11,621 people reached through training
  • 139 masons trained in Mud to Mortar construction methodology
  • 1,941,103 reached through a media campaign

Research Outcomes

Pilot Phase:
  • 23% decrease in the overall incidence of diarrheal disease
  • On average, women are spending 20 hours less each week maintaining their floors
Phase I:
  • 72% decrease in diarrheal episodes
  • 83% decrease in breathing problems
  • 53% decrease in coughing
  • 92% decrease in short and rapid breathing 
Phase II:
  • 52% decrease in diarrheal episodes
  • 79% of beneficiaries reported a decrease in intestinal worm infestations
  • 68% increase in respondents who wash their hands regularly at critical times such as before eating, before feeding their child, and after using the toilet.
Phase III:
  • Ongoing

Project Partners


  • UBS Optimus Foundation (UBSOF)
  • ARCHIVE Global Board of Directors
  • Individual donors through CaringCrowd by Johnson & Johnson
  • CaringCrowd by Johnson & Johnson
  • HighFives Campaign
  • Individual Supporters
For more information on this project, please contact ARCHIVE here.

Mud to Mortar: Improving Health in Bangladesh form the Ground Up

A PSA Video from a media campaign in Bangladesh aimed at increasing community awareness of the link between floor quality and family health and the work ARCHIVE Global and ADESH are doing to improve the health and quality of life of the community. Created by Vicky Zahed, V Creations, 2018.

Transitioning from Mud to Mortar with ARCHIVE Global // Savar, Bangladesh

ARCHIVE teamed up with TracingThought, an independent photojournalist and filmmaker, to document Phase III of Mud to Mortar, 2020.


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