Capacity-building of village communities and institutions ensured water quality monitoring, waste management, and behaviour change towards better health

We built the capacities of village communities and local village institutions to influence social norm change in adopting hygiene practices and encourage behaviour change. Functional community-led water quality surveillance and management systems enabled village institutions to manage their water quality systems without external support. We set up SUJAL, the Water Quality Testing Laboratory and Training Centre at Mohuda and a community-managed water quality lab in Ikri village in Nayagarh district owned by a women’s self-help group. Promotion of the use of sanitation infrastructure by all household members and improved waste management practices at home and the community level aided better health and hygiene.