15,000 villagers and 3,000 school children in Solomon Islands to benefit from EU water facility project
Solomon Islands, 29 September 2011 - Five provinces - Choiseul, Isabel, Makira, Renbel and Temotu – will have increased access to improved water supply and sanitation facilities within the next four years. An estimated €2,570,087 will be invested to accelerate the delivery of sustainable access to water and sanitation (WASH) services and reduce diarrhoea related diseases in the provinces.
It is estimated that some 60,000 people in the target provinces lack adequate access to safe water, and that about 80,000 people do not benefit from adequate sanitation.
“This programme comes at a critical time as Solomon Islands gears to accelerate progress towards the 2015 targets of the Millennium Development Goals. It is the Government’s medium-term goal to ensure that all communities, schools and health facilities have safe water and adequate sanitation. This contribution will enhance our efforts to close that gap”, saidDr. Carl Suirara, Under Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Medical Services.
The Head of Delegation of the European Union to Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, HE Mr. Martin Dihm said, “the project will respond to community needs and accelerate progress towards the achievement of MDG 7c, by contributing to the increase of water supply and sanitation coverage and hygiene awareness in schools, health centers and communities in rural areas of five provinces and improve policy dialogue, sector coordination and capacity building of stakeholders.”
“Young children are more vulnerable than any other age group to the ill effects of unsafe water, poor sanitation and lack of hygiene, with related diseases being the second largest killer of children in developing countries. UNICEF (UN Children’s Fund) is honoured to be part of this initiative which will surely reduce the number of diarrhoeaand related diseases and, in turn, save many lives” said UNICEF Pacific Representative, Dr. IsiyeNdombi.
Construction and rehabilitation of water supply systems, hygiene and sanitation awareness trainings, construction and rehabilitation of sanitation facilities, capacity building for stakeholders in Rural Water Supply and Sanitation (RWSS) at national and provincial level, NGOs/CBOs improved sector coordination and policy dialogue. This will benefit around 30,000 persons in 50 villages, about 3,000 students in 20 schools and 50 health clinics.
The project is funded from the ACP-EU Water Facility (10th EDF) and is implemented by UNICEF in partnership with Live and Learn Environmental Education (LLEE) Solomon Islands.
For more information please contact:
Elisabeth Gotschi, External Relations Rural Development Adviser Delegation of the European Union