OUEDRAOGO Phebée successfully defends her Master’s thesis on rural WASH climate resilience

“Analysis of the resilience of WASH services to the effects of climate change in rural areas: the case of the localities of Douna and Soubakaniédougou in the cascade region of Burkina Faso”, this is the title of the thesis document that Ms. Phebée OUEDRAOGO defended for her Master’s degree from the International Institute for Water and Environmental Engineering (2IE) on June 1st 2019.

PhebeeThe topic was proposed together and supported by GWP WA whose Executive Secretary, Mr. Armand HOUANYE jointly supervised the research and writing works of Ms. OUEDRAOGO for almost eight (08) months starting in September 2018.

The main findings of her study include the fact that the populations of Douna and Soubakaniédougou are aware of the phenomenon of climate change marked by floods that have become more frequent and intense in these two localities, especially since 2000, with significant impacts on both water and sanitation services.

For water supply, most of the population were supplied by equipped boreholes, 22% of which no longer had access to water during floods. Regarding sanitation, 44.4% had traditional sanitation facilities, and the remaining 56% without access were increase with an additional 25% during floods.

The consequences on the population include recurrent malaria and diarrhea diseases by 20% and 35% respectively in flood periods.

She made recommendations that include:

- providing subsidy for equipping poorer households with finished latrines that are resistant to heavy rainfall events;

- implementing resistant latrine models in areas that have been identified (by geotechnical studies) as vulnerable to flooding;

- integrating climate resilience of WASH services in the communal development plans and WASH Sectoral Plans; and

- implementing awareness-raising actions to encourage people to better understand the importance of sanitation and its challenges for health.

Phebée OUEDRAOGO’s work was accepted by a Jury of four among whom the Executive Secretary was represented by Mrs. Felicite VODOUNHESSI, Project Manager, with a "Very good" appreciation.