The WASH coalition in Madagascar, called Diorano-WASH, includes members from the Ministries of Water, Health and Education, international partners, Malagasy NGOs, and the private sector. It has established 17 regional coalitions throughout the country. It provides a national, multi-stakeholder platform for discussing the needs and challenges of the water, sanitation and hygiene sector in Madagascar. The main aim is to improve hygiene behaviour which helps to spread diseases linked to unsafe water. It does this through focusing on the three key hygiene messages and raising awareness of the importance of hygiene and sanitation linked to disease and poverty. The three key messages are:
- Wash your hands with soap
- Use hygienic latrines
- Transport and store water safely.
The coalition has been successfully implementing its activities for the last 10 years. In 2011 the Coallition held public campaigns and hearings to help raise awareness of the need to conserve water at a community and regional level.