21 February 2019
The BabyWASH Coalition
The BabyWASH Coalition has joined with the Clean, Fed and Nurtured CoP to form the Clean, Fed and Nurtured Coalition. Together, we can more strongly advocate for integrated programming in the first 1,000 days of life. We have been able to hold sessions at key conferences (Core Group, UNC Water and Health, etc) to bring together experts in MNCH, Nutrition, WASH and ECD to discuss collaborative action. We are closely aligning with the progression of the Nurturing Care Framework and the ECDAN platform so as not to duplicate efforts. We continue to create and push key advocacy messages for integration that we have published on our website and distributed through key networks.
The BabyWASH Coalition was able to bring together its membership and create two key documents. The first is an advocacy brief on integration that highlights the actions different actors need to take in order to achieve better integration. It also incorporated three snapshots of programs that had successful elements of integration. The second is a programme guidance document that suggests 10 key steps for making integration successful. These went through a consultative process at the UNC water and health conference and were released for dissemination on the BabyWASH website.
In the Spring of 2018. we decided to merge with the Clean, Fed and Nurtured community of practice to combine our voices for stronger integration in the early years. We are now called the Clean, Fed and Nurtured Coalition and we are excited to move forward together under a new charter to support integration in the nurturing care framework and elsewhere.
The BabyWASH Coalition commits to using its multi-stakeholder platform to support SDG 17 and to increase the focus on integrating programmes for children and their caretakers in the first 1,000 days of life, especially those that integrate water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH); nutrition; early childhood development (ECD); and maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH). This commitment is in support of the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health (2016-2030).
By leveraging their unique strengths through collaboration, Coalition members can make significant changes in the structure of development funding and programming. The BabyWASH Coalition seeks to optimize integration in instances where, according to evidence, doing so makes sense. Conversely, the Coalition aims to emphasize contexts where integration doesn’t contribute to improved health outcomes and dispel myths that say all integration is beneficial.
The BabyWASH Coalition commits to various activities between September 2016 and December 2018, including:
- Awareness raising and support building for integration, expanding the BabyWASH community from 300 to 500+ individual members.
- Fostering connection and collaboration amongst the sectorally diverse Coalition members through bi-monthly webinars, monthly newsletters, hosted online discussions, updates to the website, etc.
Key coalition members include: World Vision International, WaterAid, FHI360, the World Health Organisation, UNICEF, and Action Against Hunger.
Our Coalition has continued to grow and has now surpassed the 350 people mark as we continue to invite champions for integration to join us. Our monthly newsletter is seen by this audience where we highlight new research, programs, and advocacy tools for integration and programing in the first 1000 days. We have drafted definitions of integration and are collecting case studies that will be the basis of our integration toolkit for program implementers. We have also created an 18 month advocacy strategy and have begun planning events and publications to influence governments, policy-makers and funders. We look forward to rolling out our program guidance in 2017 and to encourage programs around the globe focused on the 0-2 age range.