Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene in Schools in Low Socio-Economic Regions in Nicaragua: A Cross Sectional Survey

Safe water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH) improve the health and educational outcomes of school children. In the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, we assessed WaSH in Nicaraguan schools and found that 43% had access to water, 64% had access to sanitation and 19% had handwashing stations. Sanitation facilities were not in use at 28% of schools and 26% had non-functional water systems. Governments and partners can use this study to develop monitoring systems to track needs and prioritize WaSH investments in schools, especially for marginalized populations.

Jordanova, Tania, Ryan Cronk, Wanda Obando, Octavio Zeledon Medina, Rinko Kinoshita, and Jamie Bartram. 2015. “Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene in Schools in Low Socio-Economic Regions in Nicaragua: A Cross Sectional Survey.” International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 12: 6197-6217. doi:10.3390/ijerph120606197.