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October 2, 2023

Impacts of the National Rural WASH Program in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

A Randomized Controlled Trial in a Conflict Setting

Event Series: Global Public Health Seminars

Staff from the Congo's Healthy Villages program lead a community meeting about water and sanitation challenges

In this seminar, John Quattrochi, associate teaching professor at Georgetown University, presented results from a three-year follow-up of a randomized controlled trial in 332 villages in rural Democratic Republic of Congo. The trial tested a unique community-led water and sanitation intervention that combined behavior change, infrastructure, and institutional components, implemented at national scale. Quattrochi—along with colleagues Aidan Coville (the World Bank), Kevin Croke (Harvard University), and Eric Mvukiyehe (Duke University) —found that the program succeeded in creating new infrastructure but failed to improve child health, raising important questions about optimal intervention design.

This event was open to all Georgetown University faculty, students, staff, and affiliates.

This event was co-sponsored by the Center for Global Health Science and Security, the School of Health’s Department of Health Management and Policy, and the Global Health Institute.


John Quattrochi is an associate teaching professor at Georgetown University’s Graduate School of Arts & Sciences and director of the M.S. in Global Health program. His research interests include global health and sustainable development. He has studied cash-like vouchers; water, sanitation, and hygiene; social support; empowerment training; health infrastructure; and public work programs. He partners with key international development actors including the World Bank and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). He has a doctorate in global health and population from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania. He was a Fulbright scholar in Entebbe, Uganda, and a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar in Naples, Italy.

Photo courtesy of UNICEF