Personal Hygiene & Sanitation Education (PHASE) Project

Reduce diarrhea-related disease among school children.

PHASE Program

Childhood diarrhea is the biggest cause of child mortality in Sub-Saharan Africa and the second biggest killer of children worldwide. Annually it accounts for 2.2 million children’s lives, killing more under-five year olds than AIDS, malaria and measles combined.

GlaxoSmithKline's Personal Hygiene & Sanitation Education (PHASE) project is helping to reduce diarrhea-related disease by encouraging school children to wash their hands. GSK established PHASE in 1998 and has so far invested over USD 7 million in the program. PHASE is run in partnership with AMREF, Save the Children and Earth Institute at Columbia University, as well as national Ministries of Health and Education in countries where the program is active.

PHASE provides resource-poor teachers with child-based, relevant education materials and it is also synonymous with concurrent development of water, sanitation and hand washing facilities in schools and the ‘ tippy-tap’, a highly effective, low-cost technology to provide water for hand washing particularly when the resource is in short supply. The program provides in-school education about hygiene and sanitation practices using child-friendly and context specific materials and techniques and ‘child-to-child’ or ‘child-to-family’ education promoting on hygiene and sanitation practices essential to health and well-being.


  • GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)

    Goods Supplier
    United Kingdom | Staff size: 10,000+

    We are a science-led global healthcare company that researches and develops a broad range of innovative medicines and brands. Our products are used by millions of people around the world,...

  • Amref Health Africa

    Implementing NGO
    Kenya | Staff size: 101-250

    Amref Health Africa has over 54 years’ experience in health development. In 1957, three surgeons founded the Flying Doctors Service of East Africa, laying the foundation for what is now...

  • AusAID

    Staff size: Unknown
  • Earth Institute, Columbia University

    United States | Staff size: 51-100

    Columbia’s Earth Institute blends research in the physical and social sciences, education and practical solutions to help guide the world onto a path toward...

  • Sistema FIRJAN

    Service Providers
    Brazil | Staff size: 5001-10,000

    The FIRJAN System is an important partner of companies in the state of Rio de Janeiro when looking at the search for sustainable economic and production development. The five institutions that...

  • Fit for School

    Implementing NGO
    Philippines | Staff size: 26-50

    Fit for School Inc. (FIT) is a Philippine non-government organization that works closely with the health and education sectors, various development agencies and private partners on effective...

  • Bolivia Ministry of Health and Sport

    Uruguay | Staff size: Unknown

    The Ministry of Health is the agency responsible for formulating policies, promoting research and development of technologies, offers reliable, accessible and user-friendly information for...

  • Brazil Ministry of Health

    Brazil | Staff size: 10,000+

    The Ministry of Health is a body of the Federal Executive Power that is in charge of organizing and outlining public plans and policies oriented to promote, prevent and assist the...

  • Ministry of Human Resource Development

    India | Staff size: Unknown

    The essence of Human Resource Development is education, which plays a significant and remedial role in balancing the socio-economic fabric of the country. Since citizens of India are its most...

  • Ministry of Health, Indonesia

    Indonesia | Staff size: Unknown

    The Ministry of Health promulgates and implements national policy for health and social care matters. It sets standards and guidelines for local health sectors, and trains health care...

  • Kenya Ministry of Health

    Kenya | Staff size: Unknown

    The Kenya Ministry of Health's VISION is a healthy, productive and globally competitive nation.

    Their MISSION is to build a progressive, responsive and sustainable health care system for...

  • Ministry of Health - Mexico

    Mexico | Staff size: Unknown

    The Ministry of Health is the government department in charge of all social health services in Mexico. The Secretary of Health is a member of the Executive Cabinet and is appointed at the...

  • Nicaragua Ministry of Health

    Staff size: Unknown
  • Peru Ministry of Health

    Staff size: Unknown
  • Department of Health, Philippines

    Philippines | Staff size: Unknown

    The Department of Health (DOH) holds the over-all technical authority on health as it is a national health policy-maker and regulatory institution. The DOH has three major roles in the health...

  • Pratham

    Implementing NGO
    India | Staff size: Unknown

    Pratham is the largest non governmental organization working to provide quality education to the underprivileged children of India. Pratham was established in 1994 to provide pre-school...

  • Save the Children International

    Implementing NGO
    United States | Staff size: 1001-5000

    Save the Children is the world’s leading independent organisation for children. We work in 120 countries. We save children’s lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfill...

  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

    Funding Agencies
    United States | Staff size: Unknown

    USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential.

    U.S. foreign assistance has...

  • Tajikistan Ministry of Health

    Staff size: Unknown
  • Uganda Ministry of Health

    Uganda | Staff size: 251-500

    The Ministry of Health Uganda, is a government body set up with the mandate of policy formulation and policy dialogue with Health Development Partners, resource mobilization and budgeting,...

  • Zambia Ministry of Education, Science, Vocational Training and Early Education

    Staff size: Unknown

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Key Information

LocationEast Asia and Pacific, Zambia, United Kingdom, Uganda, Tajikistan, Senegal, Philippines, Peru, Nicaragua, Mexico, Malawi, Kenya, Indonesia, India, Brazil, Bolivia, Eastern Africa, Bangladesh, Western Europe, South Asia, Latin America and Caribbean
  • Start Date 1998
  • End Date 2020
  • Sectors