Mapping WASH efforts around the world
In 2013, UNICEF invited ARC to attend a WASH meeting in the United States. ARC asked one of its US partners, the New Psalmist Baptist Church in Baltimore, to attend the meeting in its place.
During the meeting it became clear that was no web-based resource tracking all the WASH activities being undertaken across the world. Rev Al Bailey, of the New Psalmist Baptist Church, volunteered to set one up on behalf of UNICEF and the WASH in School Partnership.
UNICEF funded ARC and Rev Al's team from the New Psalmists, to establish the www.washinschoolsmapping.com website. It gathers global experiences and data regarding children's access to water, sanitation and hygiene in schools around the world.
The latest initiative of the Wash in Schools mapping website is to focus on menstrual hygiene management around the world.
Hand washing with soap has been shown to reduce risk of leading causes of child mortality, such as pneumonia and diarrhoea.
Picture credits, clockwise from top: Hand washing in Vietnam, by Truong Viet Hung/UNICEF Vietnam. Methodist infant class, Nairobi, by Susie Weldon