UNICEF launches water programme in Ribaue
MAPUTO, Mozambique, 03 October 2013 - "Through this programme, UNICEF is helping develop management models for water and sanitation services that will ultimately benefit 2 million people living in small towns," says UNICEF Representative Koenraad Vanormelingen, marking the ground-breaking ceremony today for the rehabilitation and expansion of the piped water supply system in Ribaué, Nampula Province.
The programme, which is financed by the Australian Government, is a partnership between UNICEF, AIAS, the Provincial Government and the five local governments of Ribaue, Mecuburi, Rapale, Namialo, and Monapo. These are all situated in the so-called Nacala corridor, whose population is currently growing at a rate of 15% per year.
“This unique effort is responding to a glaring gap we have today in addressing the water and sanitation needs of 2 million people living in small towns, which have been neglected in favor of large cities,” continued Dr. Vanormelingen, who emphasized the capacity-building aspects of the project. “Our ambition is to inform policies at national level.”
The Small Towns Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Programme in Nampula Province, known as NAMWASH, is implemented through a funding agreement signed by Australian Aid (AusAID), together with the Government of Mozambique and UNICEF, and has a total budget of $7,3 million, to which AusAID is contributing about $5.1 million.
Through the establishment of a partnership with the Administration of Water Supply and Sanitation Infrastructure (AIAS) and the Provincial Government of Nampula through its Directorate of Public Works and Housing (DPOPH), NAMWASH addresses the critical area of water supply and sanitation provision and will have a great impact on heath, particularly that of women and children.
The Programme is divided into two phases. Phase 1 is funding the rehabilitation and expansion of the piped water supply system for the Municipality of Ribaue with a cost of 42 million meticais (1.4 million dollars). The construction of this system that will benefit over 8,000 men, women and children started on October 3 of 2013 with the presence of national, provincial and municipal authorities. The project is due to conclude in the first half of 2014.
The Programme is also funding sanitation and hygiene promotion interventions that will benefit over 10,000 people in the towns of Ribaue and Rapale, including the construction of improved household latrines, as well as sanitation facilities in schools, hospitals, central markets, and bus stops.
Phase II of NAMWASH, for which UNICEF and AIAS are currectly seeking funding, will be implemented in the next years in the other four towns (Rapale, Monapo, Mecuburi and Namialo).
The ground-breaking ceremony taking place in Ribaue today will be attended by Mr. Francisco Pereira, Vice Minister of Public Works and Housing, Mrs. Cidalia Chauque, the Governor de Nampula, Ms. Olinda Sousa, National Director of AIAS, Mr. Constantino Antonio, Mayor of Ribaue, and Mr. Juma Taratibo, District of Ribaue Administrator.
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