The Annual Meeting of the rural water supply and sanitation program known as the One Million Iniative took place in Dondo yesterday
DONDO, Mozambique, 22 March 2012 – Yesterday, the 6th Annual Meeting of the One Million Initiative (OMI) took place in Dondo, Sofala, bringing together some 60 community leaders and a similar number of district level administrators involved in rural water supply and sanitation in the central provinces on Sofala, Manica and Tete.
The meeting was attended by the Governors of Nampula and Sofala provinces, as well as by the Vice Minister of Public Works and Housing, Mr. Francisco Pereira, and the Vice Minister of Health, Dr. Nazira Abdul.
The OMI is a partnership between the Government of Mozambique, the Government of the Netherlands and UNICEF that focuses on rural water supply and the creation of communities free of open defecation through community-led approaches to sanitation.
In his address to the meeting, UNICEF representative Jesper Morch emphasized the continued need for creating sustainability in the area of water and sanitation infrastructure and for a continued focus on institutional capacity building, for example by educating and training water and sanitation engineers, that will be necessary in order to meet growing water and sanitation needs in coming years. During the meeting, the progress of the project thus far was reviewed, and the community leaders present received certificates and bicycles in recognition of their communities achieving open defecation free status.
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