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A tray full of money is not worth a mind full of knowledge

Taking outcomes to impacts: the art of integrating WASH and nutrition in resettled villages in the Lao PDR - Read about IWC Masters student Tari Bowling's final project.
A tray full of money is not worth a mind full of knowledge

Image courtesy of THPC - Jim Holmes

Ms Bowling undertook her final project in Laos as a professional placement adopting the role of integrated WASH-Nutrition coordinator with the Theun-Hinboun Power Company (THPC). Her project targeted Nongxong, a village relocated as part of a hydropower expansion program, known as the Theun-Hinboun Expansion Project.

Ms Bowling’s work focused on how to improve village health and child and maternal nutrition rates. In Nongxong, these were not improving as rapidly as hoped, despite considerable investment in water supply and sanitation hardware plus additional support programs and services.

Key findings identified the need to focus on the gaps between outcomes (access to improved water and sanitation; increased income) and the impact of reduced under nutrition, anaemia and diarrhoea rates in project-affected villages. The principles of IWM were used to analyse these gaps, highlighting the important difference between safe water at point of supply and safe water at point of consumption, and the critical need to focus on the latter.

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