Africa

Plan International USA Receives $7 Million Grant for Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) Research Project in Kenya, Ethiopia, and Ghana

In September 2011, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation awarded Plan International USA a four-year $7 million dollar learning and implementation grant to determine how to best introduce Community-Led Total Sanitation solutions in developing countries. Research and testing will be conducted on new and specifically designed projects in Kenya, Ethiopia, and Ghana and will examine the CLTS approach, ultimately aiming to uncover ways to make it more scalable and cost-effective.

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Partnering on the Road Towards Achieving Total Sanitation in East Africa

In East Africa, access to basic sanitation remains low, and intensive work is needed across the region to achieve sustained scaling up of sanitation. Determining how governments and non-governmental agencies can work together more effectively to achieve this goal is essential. This Learning Note highlights a learning exchange held for representatives from the Government of Tanzania and six non-governmental organizations. An initial outcome included consensus on a set learning questions to expand the knowledge base in areas such as equity and inclusion, sanitation marketing, and monitoring and evaluation.
WSP, November 2011

Date: 15 November 2011

NGO intensifies campaign to end open defecation in Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria

The African Centre for Leadership, Strategy and Development (Centre LSD) , an NGO says that it will not relent in its determination to ensure open defecation free society in the federal Capital Territory (FCT). The centre has introduced CLTS to ensure the participation of men, women and youth in sanitation and waste management.

Chief Macha receives Order of Distinguished Service from Zambian President for his work on sanitation

During a ceremony marking Zambia’s Independence Day, Chief Macha received the title Officer of the Order of Distinguished Service from Zambia’s President Michael Chilufya Sata for his work promoting Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) and achieving 100% open defecation free status in his chiefdom in the Choma District in the Southern Province of Zambia. As a traditional leader, Chief Macha has used his status to advocate for improved sanitation with a multitude of stakeholders, from ministers of state to elected councilors, from fellow Chiefs to rural households. But Chief Macha stressed that ‘[t]his achievement is not mine, it belongs to the people of Macha, the people of Zambia.’

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Let’s have commercial toilets at all fuel stations to curb open defecation

Ghanaian engineer and technologist, Dr. Albert M. Wright, who introduced the Kumasi Ventilated Improved Pit (KVIP), has prescribed the mandatory construction of toilets at the country’s many fuel stations, to help curb the high incidence of open defecation in the country.Dr Wright also spoke of the hope that with CLTS the country’s open defecation rates would decrease and help meet the MDGs.

Global Handwashing Day Celebrations in Mathare

Mathare community joined the rest of the world in celebrating Global Handwashing Day in Mathare on 15th October 2011. The day was marked at Kiboro Primary school where about 400 community members from Mathare Valley gathered to wash their hands together. The event was strategically organized at a school to attract the participation of children and the theme was Wash your hands and save your life.

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