20 August 2013
Project to reduce water-related disease completed in Malawi


Canadian Physicians for Aid & Relief (CPAR) submitted in June 2013 the final report of its project aimed at sustainably reducing the incidence of water-related diseases in five villages in the Nkhotakota District in Malawi. Initiated in April 2012, the project demonstrated a drop in the number of households reporting diarrhoeal diseases from 50.7% to 2.5% amongst the 1,212 men, women and children in the villages. This was achieved by providing access to safe water and improving food hygiene and sanitation practices.


The project included:

  • Geophysical assessments, followed by bore hole drilling, pump testing, civil works, well development, pump fitting and water quality analysis.
  • Logging new water points in the district water-mapping system to ensure long term supervision and technical support by the District Water Office (DWO).
  • The establishment and training of Water Point Sub-Committees in borehole sanitation, fund management, conflict resolution, environmental stewardship and household hygiene and sanitation.
  • Education campaigns by CPAR and its local partners in 11 villages, with a focus on better use of water and latrines, the use of safe water at all times, and the importance of hand washing at key moments.


At the end of the project, the majority of the inhabitants of the five villages were consuming clean water, using latrines and demonstrating improved hygiene behaviour. The bore holes were drilled close to their homes, which also reduced the workload for women and improved school attendance amongst children.

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