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Launch of UNICEF-AIAS partnership for the provision of water and sanitation services in urban areas

 water and sanitation services in urban areas
© UNICEF Mozambique/2011
Dondo district, Sapassua. Workers insert the tube that will allow the water to exit from the drill. (August 4, 2011)

MAPUTO, Mozambique 22 March 2012 - In January 2012, a partnership between the Office of Infrastructure of Water and Sanitation (AIAS), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the provincial Directorates of Public Works and Housing in three provinces was created to improve the basic water supply and sanitation in urban areas, specifically in eight small towns in the provinces of Tete, Manica and Nampula.

The partnership began after a decision by UNICEF Mozambique to extend its activities to urban areas, thus mobilizing funds for two programs: water supply and sanitation in three small towns in the provinces of Tete and Manica, an extension of the One Million Initiative, an existing rural water program, and NAMWASH, an integrated program of water and sanitation in five small towns in the province of Nampula.

The effort to provide water supply and sanitation to the towns of Ulónguè and Luenha in Tete province and to the town of Espungabera in Manica province, a project funded by the Government of the Netherlands, started in January of this year, and consists of the rehabilitation and expansion of water supply systems in the three small towns. The overall goal is to improve the management model of these systems in eight small towns in Mozambique and help the promotion of sanitation through the process known as Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS).

This program has a budget of US$ 6.2 million.

The NAMWASH integrated program for water supply and sanitation in the small towns of Ribaue, Mecuburi, Rapale, Namialo and Monapo in Nampula province is funded by the Australian Agency for International Development (AUSAID) and was initiated in January 2012. It has a budget US$30 million and is divided into two phases: 2012-2013 (Phase I) and 2014-2016 (Phase II).

For more information, please contact

Arild Drivdal, UNICEF Mozambique, tel. (+258) 21 481 100; email: maputo@unicef.org

Gabriel Pereira, UNICEF Mozambique, tel. (+258) 21 481 100; email: maputo@unicef.org


 

 
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