22 October 2012
Reducing the prevalence of water-related disease in Malawi


The Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief (CPAR) completed in October the first six months of its project in Malawi aimed at providing a sustainable source of clean water to five villages and reducing incidences of water-related disease. The project includes building bore holes in the villages and providing training and information on hygiene. It is already benefiting over 1,000 men, women and children.


Started in April 2012, the project completed the following actions during the first six months:

  • Geophysical assessments followed by bore hole drilling at the five selected sites
  • Pump testing, civil works, well development and pump fitting
  • Water quality analysis at three of the five sites
  • Establishment of five Water Point Sub Committees (WPSC) with 10 members each, six of whom are women
  • Community-based management training in bore hole operation and maintenance (including WPSCs)
  • Establishment of community funds in each village for the purchase and replacement of spare parts for the pumps
  • WASH (Water, Sanitation, Hygiene) campaign for 1,030 villagers with a focus on using latrines, the importance of using safe water at all times and the significance of hand washing at key moments
  • Establishment of a CPAR Malawi and District team to identify and analyse the most prominent hygiene-related challenges in order to refine the messages for education campaigns in the communities.


Over 1,000 villagers already have access to clean water and have received information on how to use the installations and the importance of hygiene. In the coming months, they will receive further information to reinforce the necessary changes in behaviour and CPAR will continue to monitor the situation in the villages.

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