Malawi, 30 May 2013: The United Kingdom supports a cleaner, healthier environment for a million people in Malawi
Lilongwe, Malawi. 30 May 2013 - The United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) has contributed 17 million pounds (approximately 10.75 Billion MK) for a Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) programme in Malawi. The programme aims to reduce under-5 deaths related to diarrhoea and malaria; reduce absenteeism of children, especially girls, from primary school; reduce the time taken to collect water by women and girls and empower communities to manage and maintain their water, sanitation and hygiene facilities.
The "Malawi Integrated Water Supply, Sanitation, Hygiene Promotion and Capacity Building Programme" will increase access to safe water and sanitation facilities in vulnerable rural communities and help ensure sustainable operation and maintenance of WASH facilities by community members, in partnership with the Ministry of Water Development and Irrigation, District Councils and the private sector.
The grant will be managed by UNICEF Malawi and implemented by 4 NGOs: Concern Universal, GOAL, DAPP and World Vision. The activities will be conducted in various Traditional Authorities in 10 districts: Dowa, Kasungu, Neno, Balaka, Ntcheu, Karonga, Nsanje, Chikwawa, Chiradzulu and Thyolo.
Community members and schools will participate fully in programme planning and implementation to ensure sustainability. The programme will also focus on increasing the role of women and girls in training and decision-making, while support to schools will address the specific water and sanitation needs of children (particularly girls) in schools. District Council capacity to deliver WASH services will also be strengthened through the programme.
In total, it is expected that over half a million people will be served with safe water, a quarter of a million will have access to toilets, and approximately one million people will live in a cleaner and healthier environment.
The assistance will support the Government of Malawi to reach its 2015 Millennium Development Goals for water and sanitation, and increase the proportion of the population living in clean environments.
DFID will spend an average of £93 million per year in Malawi until 2015 to help implement the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS). From April 2012 to March 2013 DFID spent over £115m in Malawi. For more details see: http:www.dfid.gov.uk/where-we-work/africa-eastern--southern/malawi
For further information please write to Andrew Fred Massa, Programme Manager Department for International Development firstname.lastname@example.org.
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