UNICEF Partnerships Provide 14.5 Million Dollars Assistance to Solomon Islands
Honiara, 23 June 2014 – UNICEF has today signed programme agreements with key partners in Solomon Islands that amount to SBD 14.5 million (USD 2 million) to provide safe water and adequate sanitation and hygiene (WASH).
In support of the Ministry of Health and Medical Services, UNICEF with its partners - Solomon Islands Red Cross, Save the Children, World Vision Solomon Islands (WVSI) and Live and Learn Environmental Education (LLEE), have now signed programme agreements and will soon start work on WASH projects in Makira, Guadalcanal, Isabel and Honiara. These projects will benefit communities that will reach some 46,000 people with more than 50% of whom being children.
UNICEF Pacific Representative, Dr Karen Allen, said, “UNICEF, along with the European Union, UN Human Security Trust Fund and UN OCHA have all provided funding for these projects in our joint efforts to support the Ministry of Health and Medical Services for increased access to safe water, adequate sanitation and improved hygiene.”
UNICEF is keen to work with its partners to provide clean water, toilets and hygiene education for children in 15 schools and will also reach more than 10 communities and several health facilities. A long term UNICEF project will promote sanitation in the communities through the Community Led Total sanitation (CLTS) approach to eliminate open defecation.
UNICEF works in close collaboration with Ministry of Health and Medical Services to implement the WASH projects in the Solomon Islands.
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