UK to invest £19 million into sanitation in Zambia

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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.

Source: Zambia Daily Mail

Date: 1 December 2011