Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Project in Jaffna District, the Northern Province, Sri Lanka

Project Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Project in Jaffna District, the Northern Province, Sri Lanka

• To ensure community members have proper access to sanitation facilities • To minimise the risk of outbreaks of communicable disease among the community members

Project Partners • Consortium of Humanitarian Agencies (CHA) • Ministry of Health and Nutrition, Sri Lanka • Regional Directorate of Health Services in Jaffna, Sri Lanka • Jaffna University, Community Medicine Faculty • Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Malaysia

• Construction and renovation of wells • Hygiene programme • Establishment of a Sustainable Community Healthcare Committee

Locations Navalady Village, Ariyalai East, Nallur DS Division, Jaffna District, Sri Lanka
Period February – August 2011

• 15 wells repaired • 31 wells cleaned • Distribution of hygiene kits along with a hygiene education programme to 140 households • Setting up of a community healthcare committee (community health issues, communicable diseases, family healthcare and reproductive healthcare.


Upon returning to the villages, proper medical care is not the only thing lacking for the villagers as viable water source is also scarce. Villagers have no choice but to walk around at least 300 meters to find badly damaged common wells to fetch water for drinking, cooking and bathing. This is especially difficult for female-headed households, the disabled and the elderly.


In order to check waterborne diseases that are rampant in this area due to poor well conditions, MERCY Malaysia worked very closely with the Consortium of Humanitarian Agencies (CHA), as well as the University of Jaffna to repair and renovate wells, besides to train the community in best hygiene practices. MERCY Malaysia’s health education “training-of-trainers” modules have ensured that the understanding of disease prevention and healthy living will be consolidated in the Navarlady community.