POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA IN WATER SANITATION AND HYGIENE
It is estimated that over 1.2 billion people globally lack access to safe clean drinking water and a further 2.6 billion people lack access to adequate and comfortable sanitation. WHO (2005), estimates that 1.6 million die yearly from diarrhea and cholera which have been attributed to inaccessibility to clean drinking water as well as basic sanitation services. 90 % of the figure is from children who are below five years and the trend is rampant in developing countries.
Inadequate knowledge and awareness on the effect of poor sanitation and hygiene are contributing to high mortality and morbidity rates due to fecal-oral diseases, especially amongst children. This has been attributed to inadequate training and even the approaches being adopted by the sector professionals. The low level of awareness on hygiene is a major area of concern highlighted in various evaluations that were conducted between 2004 and 2007 including the Output to Purpose Review (OPR) of DFID.Part of the OPR recommendations was the need to harmonize all the existing Hygiene and Sanitation promotion learning materials to develop a quality manual that would facilitate improved hygiene and sanitation behavior change and ensure achievements of programme objectives in a sustained manner. This course has taken those concerns into consideration and has taken into consideration all the scholarly work that has been done in all the modules.
The course has ten modules and at the end of every module, there is an assignment. After ten assignments, learners are expected to write a research paper with guidance from an online moderator and then an examination is done online on the twelfth month. The learner has contact with the moderator through the e-learning platform where there are chats and can even ask for a skype chat with the moderator to have any issues of concern addressed.
At the end of the course the learner should be able to;
- Have a critical understanding of sanitation, water, and hygiene interventions and of the ways in which such projects can impact health in low-income settings;
- Point out the principal pitfalls in health impact measurement, and suggest appropriate alternatives;
- Discuss the wider social, economic, institutional, and environmental contexts of water, hygiene, and sanitation strategies;
- Appraise the existing evidence for the effectiveness of water, hygiene, and sanitation interventions;
- Have a basic understanding of the principles of behavior change in the water, sanitation, and hygiene sector and the pros/cons of alternative ways to measure behavior change outcomes;
- Have a basic understanding of the WASH products and services options available and the factors which guide the choice of hardware;
- Have a critical appreciation of the importance of behavior change communications and demand promotion/creation strategies tailored to the target population in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of water, hygiene, and sanitation interventions;
- Apply this understanding to the design, evaluation, and critique of such projects.
- Contribute to the development of different approaches to the provision of sustainable and equitable WASH services in developing countries
Minimum entry requirements
Common regulations governing Post-Graduate Diplomas shall be applicable.
The following shall be eligible for admission.
- a) Holders of a Bachelors degree from a recognizable University
- b) Holders of an equivalent qualification from any other recognizable Institution.
- a) The Entire course Duration is one Year (2 semesters)
- b) Candidates shall be expected to Submit 10 Assignments (Continuous Assessment test) that Account to 70 % of their Work and a Project Paper at the Tail end of the course, which accounts to 30 % of the course Work.
Mode of delivery of the proposed programme
Students will access learning materials from our Online learning platform.
Applicants should fill out a detailed Application form and sent it back via email to the undersigned.
GENERAL COURSE CONTACT
REGIONS TARGETED: Global
COURSE FEE: $1200
ORGANIZERS: Capacity Africa Institute
LANGUAGE: English only
Kindly confirm your participation with:
Online Training Coordinator
Capacity Africa Institute