WHO Guidelines Training Strategy

Development and implementation of the WHO Guidelines on Sanitation and Health Training Strategy

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  • 2020 - 2021

  • Client

    World Health Organization (WHO)


    Sanitation decision-makers and practitioners around the world

    A study carried out by WHO experts concluded that sanitation programs worldwide had produced few results and did not meet the objective of protecting public health. Therefore, in 2018 the World Health Organization WHO launched its first comprehensive guidelines on sanitation and health to promote safe sanitation systems and practices. The guidelines aim to provide evidence-informed recommendations and offer guidance to ensure international, national and local sanitation policies and programs effectively protect public health. To support the implementation of the guidelines, the WHO Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Health Unit contacted us to develop a training strategy.

    The overall training strategy prepared by us has the overall aim of equipping the target audiences with the needed knowledge, skills and resources to achieve the following objectives:


    • Health should be understood as the focus of sanitation.
    • Sanitation interventions should be based on health risk assessment.
    • The health sector should play a leading role in ensuring safe sanitation interventions.
    • Key sanitation service delivery functions (grouped as (a) policymaking, planning, financing, and coordination, (b) legislation, regulation, standards, guidelines, enforcement, monitoring and evaluation, (c) provision (delivery) and production (O&M); and (d) sanitation promotion and behavioural change) should be effectively carried out by the different stakeholders.

    To prepare the training strategy of the WHO Guidelines on Sanitation and Health, we carried out the following activities:


    Explore and discover

    • Identification of key targets audience and performance of learning needs analysis, according to functions.


    Co-create and design

    • Design of overall training strategy.
    • Design of training plans for (1) decision-makers at the national level, (2) decision-makers, authorities and practitioners at the local level, (3) executive authorities (regulators and health ministries), (4) environmental health department officials and (5) Multipliers.



    • Development and facilitation of a training session about the WHO guidelines for decision-makers at the local level from Nepal and Nigeria (December 2020).
    • Development and facilitation of training sessions for regulators (June 2021).

    Links to publications

    • For more information, visit the following official webpage of the WHO Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Health Unit

    Let’s work together!

    To ensure the take-up and appropriation of guidelines and manuals in WASH, require a tailor-made training strategy. Get in touch with us, and we will do it together!

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