Rapid urbanization has put pressure on India’s urban water and sanitation infrastructure. A study reveals that in India 355 million women and girls lack access to a toilet. There is a need to create an ecosystem. IHUWASH was conceptualized in 2016. The project is being implemented by the National institute of urban affairs (NIUA) and is being supported by USAID. In these 2 years , it has given a platform to select innovators and entrepreneurs to bring forth their ideas and solutions to the government. This film showcases the journey of IHUWASH.This film showcases the journey of IHUWASH.
An Introduction to project IHUWASH
Purpose and Strategy
IHUWASH aims for reinforcing the WASH ecosystem to improve urban WASH sector performance through incubation and acceleration of innovative solution and technologies while fostering partnerships mainly at local levels. Inclusivity and sustainability is central in all the solutions of IHUWASH.
IHUWASH on map
7 Innovations Supported By IHUWASH
To sustain the ecosystem of innovations in WASH, the project has worked towards creating partnerships with incubation centers across the country to promote innovative ideas and support entrepreneurships of startups undertaking WASH as business. It implemented the IHUWASH accelerator program in partnership with Ennovent which helped identify 58 innovative solutions across the country, out of that 8 will be upscaled and implemented in the 3 project cities.
“The City Corporation officials have become more active in their interaction with public through the WASH Forum. The public actively participates in the WASH Forum and shares their opinions and feedback on WASH requirements. The discussions are more scientifically rather than in an argumentative way.”
Dr. S. Sham Sundar
“Most menstrual hygiene programs focus only on young girls. This one by IHUWASH addressed all women in ages 12 to 45. In this age of information technology,
the young girls are more aware of using sanitary pads than their mothers. It is the older women who need to be sensitized.”
“Mysuru historically was the first municipal corporation in the country that had underground drainage and sewerage system as early as 1918. We always look for best practices, innovative and sustainable solutions. The WASH Park is one such solution. The site for WASH Park has been identified. We are in talks with Mysuru Urban Development Authority for transfer of land for WASH Park. Soon we will come up with the WASH based theme Park, which will serve as a good platform for training, awareness and overall WASH exhibition.”
Dr. D G Nagaraju
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“We understood the benefits of having toilets at home, but simply could not afford it. Going in the open to defecate, especially during night, was not safe for our women or our children. But, we had no choice. We needed community toilets. We felt helpless till IHUWASH came and built a community toilet for us.”
“The creation of WASH Lab by a tripartite agreement resulted in Manav Rachna working in close partnership with the Municipal Corporation, Faridabad. We built their capacity to work with innovations and technology upgrades, and improved their processes for rain water harvesting, waste water treatment, artificial recharge and water recycling. The WASH Lab has dissolved institutional boundaries between Manav Rachna, Municipal Corporation, WASH entreprenuers and various institutions.”
Dr. Sarita Sachdeva
“The GIS training for our engineers was a great help to us. IHUWASH connected us with Wipro (the company that owns ArcGIS application) and made us familiar to the GIS features and functionalities. As a result, our program has become more technically sound now.”
“Every initiative starts at zero. The Swachh Bharat Mission also started its journey alone. Today, millions of people from all walks of life are part of the Swachh Bharat Mission. IHUWASH is also on a similar journey.”