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Sanitation, Hygiene, Infant Nutrition Efficacy Project (SHINE)

The Sanitation, Hygiene, Infant Nutrition Efficacy Project (SHINE) intents to reduce infant mortality and improve primary health care in rural Zimbabwe. Four different types of public health programs will be compared in two districts of the Midlands province in order to identify the most effective in combating child stunting and anemia. SOC's earmarked contribution to this project will benefit 2,400 households with pregnant women and focus on delivering soft component (knowledge and best hygiene practices) of the WASH module.

Throughout the world, healthy children grow at a remarkably similar rate during the first two years of their life and this regardless of their race, nationality, or environmental climate. However, 33% of Zimbabweans are stunted and 8 cm shorter than the standard at the age of two. This lost growth is permanent and also affect the cognitive development. The underlying causes of stunting remain unknown. However, evidence suggests that poor WASH is an important contributing factor. Consequently the testing of the impact of different public health and WASH interventions on stunting is expected to help improve infant health and avoid stunting in future.
Contributing to improved infant health and survival in rural Zimbabwe by 2015.
Increased WASH knowledge and practices of 2400 households with pregnant women in two rural districts of Zimbabwe.
Implementing partner
Zvitambo (locally registered NGO)
Target group
2400 households with pregnant women in Chirumanzu and Shurugwi districts, Midlands Province.
Results from previous phases
no previous phase
Key data of the project
Country or region:
Humanitarian Aid
Current phase 1:
01.12.2012 - 31.12.2013
SDC budget for current phase:
CHF 821'730
Total project budget for current phase:
CHF 20'610'591
Project number: 7F-08638.01