Savar and Dhamrai Upazila, Bangladesh
Diarrheal Disease, Upper Respiratory Infections
Flooring upgrades will reduce diarrheal disease in peri-urban and rural homes near Savar, Bangladesh.
Construction of cost-effective, low-tech, easily cleaned concrete flooring intervention and education campaigns educating beneficiaries and community on best sanitation and hygiene practices.
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
- 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
- 23% decrease in the overall incidence of diarrheal disease
- On average, women are spending 20 hours less each week maintaining their floors
- 72% decrease in diarrheal episodes
- 83% decrease in breathing problems
- 53% decrease in coughing
- 92% decrease in short and rapid breathing
- 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.
- Local Implementing Partner – Association of Development for Economic and Social Help (ADESH)
- Phase I Design Partner – Grimshaw Architects
- Phase I & II Research Partner – JP Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University
- Phase III Technical Design Advisor – Housing and Building Research Institute (HBRI)
SUPPORT FOR THIS PROJECT PROVIDED IN PART BY
- 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.