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Avoiding Man-made Disasters: University-Community Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Project

This study aims to enhance the standard of living of communities by addressing water, sanitation and hygiene problems through increased awareness and good practices. 

Bangladesh is one of the world’s poorest countries having a population density of 1000 people/km2 which ranks it among the top most densely populated country in the world. Poverty is also a hallmark of many regions where safe water supply, standard sanitation and garbage disposal system are ill developed. On the one hand, supply of pure drinking water is limited while on the other hand, raw sewage and house hold wastes are discharged directly into rivers or nearby water bodies making the scarcity of fresh water prominent. Lack of knowledge among the people about hygienic practice and importance of safe disposal of sewage and waste drastically affect the health of individual living in the rural and urban areas. An attempt can be made to enhance the quality of the life of the people of rural and urban area by raising awareness among them about the importance of safe disposal of waste water and faecal matters.


  • Identification and capture of existing problems, practices and challenges on water, sanitation and hygiene of selected communities in Bangladesh 
  • Planning appropriate actions in the consultation with relevant experts such as universities, NHS, NGO’s etc based on identified problems and challenges
  • Implementation of awareness programmes/ campaigns on importance of clean water, hygiene and safe disposal of waste water 
  • Sharing of good practices, guidelines and standards relating to water, sanitation and hygiene

Project is funded by British Council as part of Bangladesh Policy Dialogue- Building Bridges between Universities and Communities programme. 

UK Lead PartnerDr Chaminda Pathirage, Centre for Disaster Resilience, University of Salford, UK

Partner Institution - Dr. S.A. Hossain, Dean, Faculty of Biological Sciences, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.

For further information about the project, please contact Dr Chaminda Pathirage. Email: