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UK to invest £19 million into sanitation in Zambia

The United Kingdom will invest 19 million pounds for a period of four years to help improve sanitation and hygiene which will benefit three million people in rural areas in Zambia. The Department for International Development (DFID) will channel the funds through the United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to implement a variety of activities to improve sanitation and hygiene in rural areas. Rural sanitation coverage in Zambia was estimated to be only 43 percent in 2008 and water coverage 46 percent. Twenty-six percent of the rural population, nearly 2.2 million people have no sanitation facilities at all.In pilot Community Led Total Sanitation projects in Zambia, sanitation coverage increased from 38 percent to 93 percent over a 12-month period across 517 villages. Over 14,500 toilets were constructed by households and approximately 90, 000 people gained access to sanitation in less than a year.

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A few weeks ago..

I sat beside Phalombe’s District Water Supervisor in his office today, my computer fully charged in anticipation to facilitate another computer lesson on Microsoft Excel. He had committed to working on computer lessons twice a week with me in hopes of improving his technical skills on inputting, analyzing, interpreting and making decisions with the district’s water point data.

Nigerian Minister urges communities to embrace CLTS

At the opening of the 3rd National Roundtable Conference on Community-Led Total Sanitation in Katsina, Mrs Sarah Ochekpe, Minister of Water Resources, urged government and communities in Nigeria to embrace Community-Led Total Sanitation to facilitate access to sanitation and hygiene services: “The nation’s sanitation coverage as at 2008 was 32 per cent. Going by this, it means Nigeria is not on track to meeting the MDGs target of achieving 65 per cent coverage on sanitation and hygiene by the year 2015.Hence, there is the need for all to embrace the CLTS approach.”

35 percent of Mulanje households have no toilets

During activities held by Plan Malawi to mark World Toilet Day on the 19th November, Mulanje District Environmental Health Officer Bosco Kalua revealed that 35 percent of households in Mulanje have no toilets, posing a huge sanitation risk. Commemoration of World Toilet Day was in line with Plan Malawi’s CLTS project and the event was held under the theme, “Take part in development of your community-One household-One toilet”.

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Nigeria loses N455bn yearly to poor sanitation

At the opening ceremony of the third national roundtable conference on CLTS in Katsina State, Nigeria, UNICEF’s Chief of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, Vinod Alkari, said that Nigeria loses N455 billion annually or 1.3 per cent of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) due to poor sanitation. Furthermore, he stated that 33 million people defecate in the open while only a third of the country’s population have access to improved sanitation, resulting in high morbidity and mortality in Nigeria.

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