On November 5, 2010, USAID’s WaterSHED program launched its new Happy Tap household handwashing station at an investor forum in Ho Chi Minh City. The event, conducted by the Global Institute for Tomorrow, was attended by over 100 participants including USAID-VN, the Vietnam Plastics Association, Procter & Gamble, Colgate/Palmolive, Coca-Cola, Unilever, CARE, UNICEF, the Vietnamese Ministry of Health, and the Vietnamese Women’s Union. Attendees listened to a business plan presented by the GIFT team for scaled-up manufacturing and marketing of the Happy Tap in Vietnam. The event was the product of a collaboration of stakeholders including WaterSHED, GIFT, the World Bank’s Water & Sanitation Program, International Development Enterprises, and the design firm, IDEO. The Happy Tap was created by Jeff Chapin of the design firm, IDEO. Chapin’s earlier low-cost latrine design, created for WaterSHED partner IDE, won an international award for design innovation from Fast Company magazine. WaterSHED is now leading discussions to secure funding to begin large-scale production and licensing of the Happy Tap.
WaterSHED has published the findings from its comprehensive review of rural consumer sanitation adoption in Cambodia. The study evaluates WaterSHED’s Hands-Off sanitation marketing program, which was designed to catalyze the market for improved sanitation in rural Cambodia by stimulating household demand and improving … Continue reading Continue reading