Water and Sanitation Programme
The Zimbabwe Red Cross Society’s water and sanitation policy objective is “To improve the health and social status of people in Zimbabwe’s most vulnerable communities through the provision of safe potable water and sanitation supplies.”
The water and sanitation interventions by the Society have, in most cases, been responsive to emergency situations and therefore not developmental in nature. However, the Society supports the development of water and sanitation services to vulnerable communities of Zimbabwe with the objective of improving the general health and social status of vulnerable communities. Zimbabwe Red Cross Society has identified two approaches to the provision of water and sanitation facilities that is the relief/emergency and developmental approach

Water and Sanitation remains and integral component of all Zimbabwe Red Cross Socety (ZRCS) activities as we continue reaching to the less priviledged and disadvabtaged communities in Zimbawe. 

Following the succesful implementaion of the $3.5million CHIWASH project support by EU as well as British and Finnish Red Cross in Chivi district of Masvingo province, ZRCS has continued rolling out Water and Sanitation activities imbedded in its food security and livelihoods support, disaster risk redution as well as community based disaster risk reduction programmes around Zimbabwe.

Key activities under water and sanitaion include borehole drilling and rehabilitation in areas like Muzarabani supported by Finnish Red Cross, Chivi and Mwenezi supported by British Red Cross, Kariba supported by Danish Red Cross as well as Binga supported by American Red Cross.

Other activities also include construction of latrines as well as health and hygiene promotion. All these programmes and activities are contributing immensely to the health and welfare of local communities. Disasdvantaged schools and health institutions like clinics have also benefited from the latrine construction and borehole drilling and rehabilitation. 

The boreholes at some health centres have contributed to livelihoods and nutrition initiatives through nutrition gardens that are helping expecting and lactating mothers as well as malnourished children. Water borne diseases in schools have also been curtailed in the process.