Baseline Assessment of Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WaSH) Infrastructure and Practices in Government Schools of the Trapeang Chour Commune, Cambodia
Equitable access to clean water and sanitation is a sustainable development goal that merits attention in Cambodia. The purpose of this study was to examine the WaSH infrastructure, practices, and previous interventions in 8 rural government schools serving approximately 2,500 students in the Trapeang Chour Commune, Cambodia. A rapid
assessment methodology was utilized to collect field data including key informant interviews with school administrators, site visits and observational surveys at local schools, and focus group interviews with parents.
In addition, a rapid field test for Escherichia coli (E. coli) – the Aquagenx CBT Kit – was carried out to determine availability to safe drinking water at each school. Baseline data suggest the need for sustainable WaSH program interventions and basic water infrastructure in the eight government schools of the Trapeang Chour Commune, Cambodia.