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BabyWASH Coalition
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.

Implementation methodologies

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.


World Vision
(Still formalizing structure - more organizations to come)
Progress reports
Goal 2
2.1 - By 2030, end hunger and ensure access by all people, in particular the poor and people in vulnerable situations, including infants, to safe, nutritious and sufficient food all year round
2.2 - By 2030, end all forms of malnutrition, including achieving, by 2025, the internationally agreed targets on stunting and wasting in children under 5 years of age, and address the nutritional needs of adolescent girls, pregnant and lactating women and older persons
Goal 3
3.1 - By 2030, reduce the global maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 per 100,000 live births
3.2 - By 2030, end preventable deaths of newborns and children under 5 years of age, with all countries aiming to reduce neonatal mortality to at least as low as 12 per 1,000 live births and under-5 mortality to at least as low as 25 per 1,000 live births
Goal 4
4.2 - By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care and pre-primary education so that they are ready for primary education
Goal 6
6.1 - By 2030, achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all
6.2 - By 2030, achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and end open defecation, paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations
6.3 - By 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally
6.b - Support and strengthen the participation of local communities in improving water and sanitation management
Goal 17
17.16 - Enhance the global partnership for sustainable development, complemented by multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources, to support the achievement of the sustainable development goals in all countries, in particular developing countries
17.17 - Encourage and promote effective public, public-private and civil society partnerships, building on the experience and resourcing strategies of partnerships

Data, monitoring and accountability
January, 2017
BabyWASH Toolkit for Programme Implementers on how best to work together across sectors and organizations
June, 2017
Package of metrics for integration
Staff / Technical expertise
World Vision Currently employing a part-time BabyWASH Project Manager

Basic information
Time-frame: September, 2016 - September, 2019
World Vision
(Still formalizing structure - more organizations to come)
Contact information
Peter Hynes, BabyWASH Project Manager, admin@babywashcoalition.org
United Nations