Africa

CLTS saves lives in rural Chad

Chad has one of the lowest rates of access to safe drinking water and sanitation services in the world. The result has been recurrent outbreaks of diseases like polio, meningitis and cholera. While access to safe water and sanitation is improving in urban areas, children in rural areas are almost always at risk from these sanitation-related diseases. UNICEF and partners are now implementing CLTS in eight regions across Chad to change this. Since the project began, 202 villages have achieved 100 per cent latrine coverage and, with it, cleaner, healthier living conditions.

NEWSAN urges government to boost water and sanitation in Nigeria

The Network for Civil Societies on Water and Sanitation (NEWSAN) has called on government at all levels to take urgent steps to boost water and sanitation conditions in the country. NEWSAN is a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) and a network for civil society organisations involved in water sanitation and hygiene programmes in the country. The statement was issued after a two-day National Sensitisation Workshop on CLTS, organised for NGOs in the country in Makurdi.

Environmental health department blamed for preventable diseases

The delay to recognise the Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) legal enforcement has been cited as one of the factors that has led to the slow pace to enforce the Public Health Act Cap. 295 in Zambia. CLTS Public Health Prosecutor, Michael Musenga made the observation during on-going five day legal enforcers’ workshop in Kalomo. Mr Musenga who is also CLTS Legal Advisor lamented that some of the preventable diseases have continued to ravage our communities though 80 per cent of them were environmental related and could be easily avoided.

UNICEF Djibouti organize a five days hands-on training workshop on CLTS in rural areas

In late March/early April 2012, UNICEF Djibouti, together with the Ministry of Water hosted a five days hands-on CLTS training workshop. Forty-five participants from the Djibouti government ministries (Ministry of Water, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education and Secretary state in charge of National Solidarity), international and national NGO (ACF, Care International, ADIM, ADPSE and Djibouti Red Crescent Society) and community leaders from nine villages took part.

Date: 24 April 2012
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Africa: Economics of sanitation initiative (WSP)

Traditionally, sanitation has not received the priority it deserves. It has not been widely recognized how good sanitation policies and practices can underpin socio-economic development and environmental protection. This study provides an estimation of economic impacts on populations without access to improved sanitation in order to provide information on the losses to society of the current sanitation situation.

Date: 23 April 2012

Good practices in CLTS

From birth, children deserve the rights to survive, to thrive and to grow to their full potential. Unfortunately, most children from poor families do not enjoy these rights due to their caregivers’ lack of effective parenting knowledge and the inability to access adequate health and educational services. As a result, children from low income families and communities are likely to start school late, with limited language skills, health problems and socio-emotional problems that interfere with learning.

Date: 18 April 2012
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Kenya loses 27 billion Kenyan Shillings annually due to poor sanitation

According to a World Bank report on water and sanitation, 21 million Kenyans, more than half the population ,use unsanitary or shared latrines while 5.6 million others have no latrines at all and are forced to defecate in the open. This situation is costing Kenya Sh27 billion each year.The study majority (75 percent) of these costs result from the premature deaths of 23,000 Kenyans every year from diarrhoeal disease.

Students spread the message of urban CLTS in Mathare 10

Valerie Sukura, Juliet Mbayaji, Evelyn Savantia and Dennis Baraza are all 13 years old. They are currently in standard 8 at St Michael’s Children’s Education Centre in Mathare. They remember that before Urban CLTS was introduced in the area, they had to defecate openly in the school compound, inches away from their classrooms or even down by the river. They also admit that plenty times they would go to the toilet and run straight to eat without washing their hands. However, urban CLTS triggering sessions transformed their understanding of sanitation and hygiene and has turned them into eager advocates in their homes and communities.

Date: 3 April 2012
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Tabitha Atai- empowered by urban CLTS in Mathare

Tabitha Atai is a mother of four who lives in Mathare 10 and used to be a self-employed tailor. When Urban CLTS was introduced in her area she decided to join since her business was not doing well and she was spending most of her time as a housewife. She is now a full-time community health worker and a facilitator of Urban CLTS and says she has been empowered from a mere housewife to a strong community leader, thanks to Urban CLTS.

Date: 3 April 2012
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