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Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Considerations in Home-Based Care for People Living with HIV

Catholic Relief Services (CRS)
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Technical Guidance

This guidance document offers water supply and sanitation facility and hygiene promotion design considerations and recommendations intended to increase access to these facilities by people living with HIV. People living with HIV (PLHIV) often require modifications to their water supply and sanitation facilities and hygiene practices due to their debilitating illness. This guidance document is intended for Home-Based Care (HBC) practitioners serving people living with this disease as well as water and sanitation engineers and technicians tasked with providing community water supply and household sanitation systems.

This water, sanitation, and hygiene guidance provided in this document draws upon information gathered from four phases of exploring water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) practices in the home-base care of people living with HIV (PLHIV). The four phases are:

  1. WHO/USAID Country Assessments
  2. Consolidation of Current Thinking
  3. Integration of Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene into HIV/AIDS Home-Based Care Strategies Workshop in Malawi
  4. Malawi Pilot Project

Each of the phases is described in the document followed by WASH guidance for WASH engineers and technicians and for providers of HomeBased Care for PLHIV.