Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development

Development of Haiti's rural water, sanitation and hygiene workforce

Brian Hubbard, Gabriella Lockhart, Richard J. Gelting, Fabienne Bertrand


In 2009 the Haitian Directorate of Potable Water and Sanitation (DINEPA) identified an inadequately trained and under-staffed rural workforce as one of their main institutional challenges. Plans to address this challenge were impacted by the devastating earthquake of January 12, 2010 and the cholera outbreak of October 2010, both of which further complicated Haiti's already poor water and sanitation conditions. Recognizing the importance of DINEPA's institutional priorities, donor and technical assistance groups provided needed support to improve the country's conditions and build the rural water and sanitation workforce. This report describes how DINEPA and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) collaborated to design and implement a training program for 264 potable water and sanitation technicians for rural areas. The paper also describes the initial field activities of the newly trained technicians and the immediate impact of their work in the rural water, sanitation and hygiene sector.

  • cholera
  • Haiti
  • sanitation and hygiene
  • water quality
  • water
  • workforce development
  • Received July 16, 2013.
  • Accepted September 13, 2013.