Three million people in rural areas to gain access to improved sanitation
LUSAKA, Zambia, 9 January 2012 - The United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) is supporting the UNICEF sanitation and hygiene programme in Zambia with a contribution of almost US$30 million (152 trillion Zambian Kwacha) over a period of four years.
“Poor sanitation and hygiene currently present a massive health burden, especially to children under five and women,” said Mike Hammond, Head of the DFID office in Zambia. “With UK aid, Zambia should be able to meet the MDG target of halving the proportion of the population without sustainable access to basic sanitation.”
The DFID assistance will enable 3 million people in rural areas, including 500,000 school children, to access improved sanitation. It will also help to increase the number of households that will be able to wash their hands with a hand cleansing agent such as soap or ash.
“With this support, which is greatly appreciated, we will be able to work with the Government of the Republic of Zambia to accelerate progress towards meeting the sanitation MDGs, which will contribute significantly to saving the lives of millions of Zambian children from deadly waterborne diseases.” said UNICEF Zambia Representative Dr. Iyorlumun J. Uhaa
The funds will enable UNICEF to support the construction of latrines in 1,000 schools, strengthen the private sector to help households improve their existing latrines, and introduce a national campaign to promote good hygiene practices at the community level. The funds will also be used to scale-up Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS), an innovative approach which aims to help local communities build simple, low-cost latrines rather than using communal open spaces.
UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. For more information about UNICEF and its work visit: www.unicef.org
For further information, please contact:
Patrick Slavin, Chief, Communications, UNICEF Zambia,
Tel + 60/211.374200, ext.2020,
Betty Chella Nalungwe, Senior Communications Assistant, UNICEF Zambia,
Tel + 60/211.374200, ext. 2023,