Elizabeth Gambo, Benjamin Miti and Kenneth Nkandu are three postgraduate students at UNZA in Lusaka, the largest and oldest educational institution in Zambia. The three students are pursuing three individual research projects in the field of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and are supported by WfW in planning and implementing their Master's theses. We are pleased to bring together academic and practice-oriented projects with this advisory and financial commitment.
Elizabeth's research project assesses the WASH situation in urban and peri-urban health facilities in Lusaka. Benjamin evaluates the accessibility of WASH facilities in selected schools in Lusaka for students affected by disabilities and develops concrete proposals for inclusive WASH facilities in schools. And Kenneth finally examines the impact of WASH services in schools on attendance, dropout rates and enrolment of students in selected schools in Lusaka. WfW believes that supporting these three valuable projects is a win-win situation: The students benefit from funding contracts and support from WfW experts in the WASH field, the university benefits from our practical knowledge and we at WfW can in turn use the research results in our work.
We look forward to continuing to support the ongoing research projects and, almost more importantly, to the research results of the three students, which are expected in December 2022. We are convinced that the results will be very valuable and will not only help to advance WfW projects, but will also have a positive impact on the goal of our work: to ensure universal access to safe and equitable WASH services to improve people's health and well-being.