Water Sanitation and Hygiene

We are the largest provider of clean water in Zambia. We believe every child deserves and has the right to use safe water and live in a clean environment.

World Vision Zambia has extensive experience in implementing various donor funded water, sanitation and hygiene programmes
in communities and refugee settlements. With an average annual budget of US$4 million, World Vision Zambia’s WASH programme is addressing goal number 6 of the SDGs which is to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. We have been implementing the Integrated Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Programme (iWASH) since 2008 with the goal to improve the health status for mothers and children under the age of 5. 

The iWASH programme focuses on achieving

  • Improved sustainable access to safe water for drinking and productive use;
  • Improved access to improved sanitation for households and institutions; and
  • Improved hygiene practices at households, schools and health centers.

We will achieve our goal by drilling new boreholes; rehabilitating boreholes; and constructing reticulated water systems and development of springs. 

World Vision Zambia's strategy for drinking water systems has shifted from boreholes with hand pumps to piped-water systems with distribution networks that deliver water as close to the household as possible. An important element of this shift is  the mechanization of high-yield boreholes using solar-powered pumps. We take into consideration the population density and the community’s ability to manage and sustain facilities when deciding which boreholes can be mechanized. Piped water systems have played an important role in equipping health care facilities with water and sanitation services in our operating areas, by piping water directly to points of care for hand-washing, bathrooms for mothers after delivery, and flushable toilets for all patients.

From 2010 to 2023, World Vision Zambia has built and rehabilitated 19,383 water points, including wells with hand pumps and taps from more than 447 piped water systems, serving more than 2,270,231 people. In addition, World Vision Zambia  has  reached 2,448,763 people with improved sanitation facilities and educated 2,227,884 people in healthy hygiene practices resulting in 1,476 communities being certified open deification free.

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Achievements in 2022

  • We provided 600,878 people in communities with access to a sustainable drinking water source and we provided 699,951 people with household sanitation.

  • We supplied 81,010  children with access to drinking water and 135,462  children with access to sanitation facilities at education institutions.

  • We supplied 57 health institutions with access to sanitation facilities.