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Cambodia Rural Sanitation and Hygiene Improvement Program

In Cambodia, diarrheal disease caused by poor sanitation and hygiene is a leading contributor to under-5 morbidity and mortality.

The Cambodia Rural Sanitation and Hygiene Improvement Program (CR-SHIP) has expanded from a five-year to an eight-year program, funded by the Global Sanitation Fund (GSF) of the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC). Plan International serves as the Executing Agency for the program and is responsible for the overall management of the program and overseeing program implementation.

Global Sanitation Fund
Project Start Date
March 2011
Project End Date
February 2019
Technical Areas Covered
Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH); Health

The original program aims to increase sustained access to improved sanitation and promote proper hygiene practices, and directly benefits more than 400,000 households in rural Cambodia, indirectly reaching more than 1 million households. Specifically, CR-SHIP will target 5,600 villages in five provinces (Kampong Cham, Kampong Speu, Kandal, Takeo, and Svay Rieng), where the current sanitation coverage is below 50 percent. The expanded project will cover five new provinces (Kampot, Kampong Thom, Kampong Chhang, Kratie, and Prey Veng) and will benefit an estimated 261,423 households in 1,494 villages.

CR-SHIP’s interventions and activities focus on creating access to basic and improved sanitation facilities at rural household and community levels and inducing hygiene behavioral change among rural households and communities, key duty-bearers in government, and within the private sector.

The program delivers its services through the following non-hardware subsidized approaches that focus on behavior change and creating demand for sanitation and hygiene products: Community-led Total Sanitation (CLTS); School and Community WASH (SC-WASH); Sanitation Marketing; and Information, Education, and Communication (IEC). In addition, the program also uses Behavior Change Communication (BCC) campaigns that have proven successful in increasing sanitation access and encouraging positive hygiene behavior amongst poor households and communities.

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