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Government Of Assam Elementary Education Axom Sarba Siksha Abhiyan Mission

Daily Hand washing for an Ailment-free Life (DHaAL)

Daily Handwashing for an Ailment – free Life (DHaAL)

DHaAL is joint initiative of Assam Sarba Shiksha Abhijan, Centre for Environment Education & UNICEF.

Objective: Low cost Group Handwashing stations (GHS) developed primarily for hand washing before mid-day meal for elementary schools along with a system of operation and maintenance.


Major linkage of DHaAL:

  1. SDG Goal – III, IV & VI
  2. RTE Act, 2009
  3. MDM Scheme
  4. SBSV Campaign 


  1. Teachers, Students,  Mothers, SMC members
  2. Scale up of the Programme to 26800 Schools
  3. Exposure and capacity building of State SSA Missions of Eight North East States 
  4. GHS is replicated by Bihar, Rajasthan, Gujarat Karnataka & Maharashtra

Milestones Achieved:

  1. As a result of DHaAL, Assam became the first state in India to declare SVP .
  2. The Manthan Award Declared DHaAL as one of the top eight impactful project in south Asian Health and Well Being sector
  3. Ministry of External Affairs, GoI declared DHaAL as a winner of Social Innovation contest.  
  4. Swachh Bharat Swachh Vidyalaya Handbook included DHaAL GHS design for nation wide scaling up.

 Impact: DHaAL GHS reduces time taken for group handwashing before MDM by 90% and reduce water consumption. Due to project intervention, soap availability in project schools increased by 92%. 

The implementation model:

The DHaAL implementation model broadly involve four spheres :

  • DHaAL group hand washing station demonstration in pilot schools
  • Training and capacity building of key stakeholders state wide
  • Education and awareness creation among children and community and
  • Based on the learning from above three spheres, engaging in policy advocacy

Scale up / Replication

  • Govt. of Assam Scaled up the model to 26,800 elementary schools,  
  • DHaAL concept of group hand washing is now getting replicated in Karnataka, Bihar, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Maharashtra