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Scaling Up What Works


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Scaling Up What Works


 

Evidence Action scales proven solutions that improve the lives of millions. We implement cost-effective interventions whose efficacy is backed by substantial rigorous evidence.

Evidence Action identifies innovative, appropriate financing mechanisms and builds best practice operational models. We voraciously self-evaluate, learn, and improve our models for scaling with a commitment to transparency on progress, impact, and value for money.  

Our current programs are:

  • Dispensers for Safe Water is an entrepreneurial program for more than 4.7 million people in rural Eastern and Southern Africa. It is a proven innovation that dramatically expands access to water treatment at an extremely low cost.

  • Deworm the World Initiative scales up school-based deworming programs worldwide to improve children’s health, education, and long-term development. It currently supports deworming of more than 200 million children annually. 

  • Evidence Action Beta explores what programs with proven impact might work next for millions of people. Similar to beta testing for software, we are pressure-testing promising interventions to determine their suitability for massive scale-up.

 
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Dispensers for Safe Water


Dispensers for Safe Water


Dispensers for Safe Water

Dispensers for Safe Water are a proven, innovative, and low-cost approach to increase rates of household chlorination.  

  • Chlorine disinfects drinking water against most bacteria including those causing cholera while protecting water from recontamination. 
  • Chlorinating water also means that people do not need to boil their water to disinfect it, saving time and natural resources.

Dispensers for Safe Water at a Glance 

  • Currently serving 4.8 million people. 
  • Active in Kenya, Malawi, and Uganda.
  • Includes a sustained water service: Dispenser hardware, community education, and a regular supply of chlorine.
  • Ongoing maintenance is provided by an elected community ‘promoter’ who encourages use of the dispenser, reports any problems, and refills the dispenser with chlorine.
  • Usage and functionality of all dispensers is closely monitored by Evidence Action field workers who deliver chlorine on motor bikes, and track issues with mobile phones. 
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The Deworm the World Initiative


The Deworm the World Initiative


 

The Deworm the World Initiative works with governments around the world to develop and implement national school-based deworming programs. 

School-based mass deworming programs leverage existing infrastructure, and result in treatment coverage of over 80% of at-risk children at a cost of less than USD 50 cents per child per year.