Description/achievement of initiative
Emerging evidence suggests benefits for children during their first 1000 days when water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) elements are integrated into maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH), nutrition and early childhood development (ECD) programmes. However, sector integration remains hindered by barriers in policy, advocacy, financing, research and programmatic implementation. The BabyWASH Coalition is focused on leveraging members’ respective strengths around a shared vision of integrated sectors in the first 1,000 days. Through the development and sharing of program guidance, integration metrics, and advocacy tools, we can play an essential role in improving the health of children, mothers and caretakers.
The BabyWASH Coalition has three levels for participation. First, individuals and organizations can participate in the BabyWASH community of practice (CoP) supported by World Vision and the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA). We will come together for monthly WebEx meetings to share the most recent evidence and programmatic examples. A monthly newsletter will also be sent out and an ongoing conversation will be housed on the SuSanA forum. Second, organizations can become an associate participant. These organizations agree to designate a lead contact person and commit to review materials created by the workstreams and provide feedback. They also agree to help advocate for funding where necessary. Third, organizations can be most involved by becoming a core member. These organizations agree to be involved in the work of one of the three workstreams creating and piloting materials. The three workstreams are: 1) Develop and disseminate lessons and guidance for programme integration2) Define integration metrics 3) Advocate for stronger focus on integrated care in the first 1,000 days of life
Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer
Capacity building will occur by knowledge management through the BabyWASH CoP. We also hope to engage national level BabyWASH advocates that will help push for integration and build capacity at a country level.
Coordination mechanisms/governance structure
This Coalition will not be its own legal entity. Instead, we will be housed under PMNCH (pending final approval) in support of their strategic objective #3.
(Still formalizing structure - more organizations to come)