Wash Course

This course introduces students to the core principles of planning, designing and implementing activities to improve sustainable and equitable access to portable domestic water supply and sanitation facilities and improve hygiene behaviors.

Today in the 21st century, statistics show that after every 90 seconds, a child dies due to water related diseases (UNICEF-IPM); one in ten people are unable to access safe water and one in three people lack access to a toilet. It is not fully their fault but they find themselves entangled in cycles of poverty, conflicts and natural calamities. We have a divine duty to reduce water related diseases that continue to claim millions of people worldwide especially in sub-Saharan Africa.

This course will give you a chance to join a team of equal minded professionals to curtail domestic water contamination, provide safe water and reduce water related infections to the vulnerable and hard-to-reach areas that have been afflicted by conflict, droughts and flooding-calamities afflicting much pain to the young, women, elderly and immune-compromised populations. Preventing human contact to disease agents, empowering people on determinants of health, saving lives and timely interventions greatly reduces prevalence of preventable diseases in neglected, conflict and post-conflict areas.

Targets for this Course

This course is targeting anybody in the water and sanitation area including hygiene promoters, WASH project managers, community leaders, NGO staff and employee, government civil servants, students in colleges or universities, unemployed people, proposal writers, programme managers, management and implementation staff, water management committees, community volunteers, health promoters, health experts etc.

Learning Outcomes At the end of this course, the grandaunts will have gained skills, knowledge and experience in:
  • o Planning, managing and controlling water and sanitation projects
  • o Design, monitoring and evaluation of sanitation projects/programmes
  • o Effective execution of disease prevention project activities
  • o Develop competence in allocation of resources to sanitation and hygiene education
  • o Develop the suitable strategy for effective health promotion
Benefits of WASH Course:

You can be employed as: hygiene promoter, health educationist, disease prevention officer, public health officer, WASH project or programme officers etc

Your family and anybody you interact with will have reduced diseases related to water, save lives, reduce money spent on health care, start your own project or programme funded by donors, recycle and reuse wastes, become an expert in disease prevention.

Course Duration: This course takes 9 months of full studies.

Examining Body:

The course structure, study materials, past papers, continuous assessment tests and final qualifying examination are provided by Helites affiliates. This exam body is an internationally recognized institution of higher learning that administer examinations and certificates of completion and graduation for a number of international courses.

Course Units This course is organized into four semesters with three major units per semester. End of each semester is marked by an examination that will be conducted at a center in the capital city of your country. SEMESTER ONE
  • Unit 1. Fundamentals of WASH (definitions, objectives of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), characteristics of WASH programs, integration of WASH, roles of WASH officers, resource mapping)
  • Unit 2. Fundamentals of Hygiene Promotion (sustainable development goals, community needs assessment, community participation and engagement, water supply systems, excreta disposal methods, waste management, sanitation, gender and WASH, hand-washing process etc)
  • Unit 3. Principles of Communicable Disease Control (Communicable diseases causality, transmission and prevention, spread of diseases, control and management of infectious diseases, outbreak investigation process, types and management, sanitation etc)
  • Unit 4. Community Management (assessing community involvement, community strategy, community participation and engagement, resource mobilization, stakeholders analysis etc )
  • Unit 5. Principles of Hygiene Education (definitions, sanitation, health education, hygiene promotion, role of hygiene promoters, communication strategies, IEC materials designing, hygiene education in various settings, behavior change models, community total-led sanitation
  • Unit 6. WASH in Various Settings (water, sanitation and hygiene in schools, refugee populations, prisons, marketplace, homes, urban areas, rural settings, among elderly-disabled-children-terminally ill, slums etc)
  • Unit 7. Environmental Health Hazards (biological, chemical, physical and natural hazards, hazard identification and analysis, CCP, HACCP, hazard management and crisis prevention and control)
  • Unit 8. Monitoring and Evaluation for WASH Projects (M & E plans, process, templates, tools for M & E, types of M & E, steps in monitoring and evaluation, logical framework models, developing M & E plans, data collection plan, data analysis etc
  • Unit 9. Solid & Liquid Waste Management (latrine construction, types of wastes, waste collection, trucking to disposal, waste re-use and recycling, waste handlers, Knowledge, attitude and practices among waste generators, assessments)
  • Unit 10. Water Supply (construction of water tanks, water drilling and rehabilitation, Water supply strategies/methods i.e. trucking, water committee, water resource management, water harvesting techniques, rehabilitation of water supply)
  • Unit 11 Practicum for 80 Hours (protection of water collection points, water treatment, construction of septic tanks and VIP toilets, community sensitizations, hygiene promotion, health education in schools, prisons etc)
  • Unit 12: Research Project  -> Research proposal to investigate a gap or a problem in the field (Introduction, literature review and methodology only)
Qualification KCSE C plain or any diploma or degree from a recognized institution Application Process
  1. Download the application form Helites College Application or Apply Online
  2. Fill the form.
  3. Save it with your full name and course
  4. Send the filled form to: humanitarianelites@gmail.com
  5. Write the subject of the email the name of the course
  6. Wait for your admission letter
  7. Pay full amount or first instalment vii) Register online and start receiving learning materials (online) or attend lessons (on-campus)
Fees NB: Fees vary yearly depending on the dictates of the examination bodies and the training expenses. Check the fee structure attached in the Notice Board and Downloads