Water, Sanitation and hygiene are critical aspects to any community especially in rural areas which are always ravaged by natural disasters such as climate change induced droughts. Due to lack of support, education and resources, these problems go untreated creating diseases and unsafe living conditions. Hand in Hand Zimbabwe implements Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in its districts of operation. The interventions seek to address potential causes of waterborne dieses as well as reduce health risks associated with poor water, sanitation and hygiene practices in the areas of operation. Presently, the WASH interventions are promoting safe health and hygiene practises by providing safe water and enhancing sanitation to households and communities. The interventions have a two-pronged approach of delivering software and hardware components. The software component mainly focuses on Participatory Health and Hygiene Education (PHHE) trainings in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Child Care. The interventions follow the Community Health Clubs (CHCs) methodology; where the clubs are established and supported. This kind of approach has been chosen because CHCs has proven to be an effective means for changing understanding, attitudes and practices on environmental health issues.
Nutrition, Human Immune Virus, Covid-19 topics are mainstreamed. The hardware element centres much on infrastructure development which include construction of Blair Ventilated Improved Pit latrines (BVIP), provision of water in to communities through drilling of solar powered boreholes that also provide irrigation and clean drinking water to the communities. Construction of vegetable and hand washing facilities in the gardens plays a key role in preventing contracting and spread of waterborne diseases and COVID-19. Handwashing has been promoted as an important and easiest way to prevent the spread. To ensure that the community can have access to hygienic materials, technical skills trainings are conducted through various partners such as the Ministry of Women Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprises Development.