After implementing the Personal Hygiene and Sanitation Education (PHASE) programme in rural Kenyan communities, AMREF has now started a project in the urban ‘slum’ settlement of Kibera, in Nairobi.
With support from GlaxoSmithKline, AMREF works with local communities to implement PHASE, promoting good hygiene, sanitation and water practices. It does this through primary school children, because they are seen as an effective way to educate their peers, families and communities.
The project has reached 74,000 children (plus their siblings, parents and teachers) in 247 rural primary schools across Kenya, and aims to reach a further 10,000 urban school children in Kibera. Activities include hygiene and sanitation training for pupils, teachers, parents and government officials; providing water and sanitation facilities in schools; producing hygiene and sanitation learning materials; and developing a handbook to replicate PHASE activities in all schools.
The Ministry of Education has now incorporated PHASE into the national school curriculum and has rolled out the PHASE model in all schools in Kenya (excluding Kibera). It is also being replicated by AMREF in Uganda and through other partners in Zambia, Nicaragua, Peru, Bolivia, Mexico, Indonesia, Bangladesh, and Tajikistan.
Source: Amref, 2008