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Mozambique, 22 March 2016: Improved water supply in Jangamo to provide communities with clean water and sanitation

In Mozambique, less than one in four people have access to modern sanitation facilities and almost half the population does not drink water from safe sources. This lack of facilities impacts on women and children in particular, who are put at risk from a lack of proper sanitation and washing facilities.

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MAPUTO, Mozambique, 22 March 2016 –  A ceremony will be held today in Jangamo, Inhambane province, to celebrate World Water Day, with the expansion of a piped water supply system that will provide clean water and adequate sanitation to more than 5000 people in the community by December 2017, and 51,000 people in the province overall.

UNICEF Representative Marcoluigi Corsi, says, “We are pleased to celebrate World Water Day today by working together with the Government to develop a water and sanitation model for small towns, which will ultimately benefit the lives of families living in these remote areas.” The Small Towns Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Programme in Inhambane Province, known as AGUASANI, is a USD$10 million joint initiative by the Government of Mozambique, the European Union and UNICEF, which aims to address the lack of adequate water supply and sanitation services in three towns in the Inhambane province – Homoine, Morrumbene and Jangamo.

“This unique effort and partnership is responding to a glaring gap that exists in addressing the water and sanitation needs of people living in small towns,” explains Mr. Corsi, who emphasizes the aspects of the project aimed to improve and to accelerate the management systems required to build the infrastructure that will provide clean water and sanitation to the communities.

In Mozambique, less than one in four people have access to modern sanitation facilities and almost half the population does not drink water from safe sources. This lack of facilities impacts on women and children in particular, who are put at risk from a lack of proper sanitation and washing facilities.

Through the establishment of a partnership with the Administration of Water Supply and Sanitation Infrastructure (AIAS), the Water Regulatory Board (CRA), and the Provincial Government of Inhambane through its Provincial Directorate of Public Works, Housing, Hydraulic Resources, AGUASANI addresses the critical area of water supply and sanitation provision and will have a huge impact on health, particularly that of women and children.

By 2017, AGUASANI will aim to achieve four main results in the towns of Homoine, Morrumbene and Jangamo:

  • Water supply systems are rehabilitated and expanded;
  • Sanitation services are improved, which includes household sanitation and institutional sanitation facilities in primary schools, market places and health centres;
  • The capacity and accountability to regulate, operate and maintain water and sanitation services are strengthened; and
  • Public and Private Partnership models are developed for providing and managing sustainable water and sanitation services.

The World Water Day ceremony taking place in Jangamo today will be attended by Mr. Daniel Francisco Chapo, the Governor of Inhambane , Mr. Azarias Xavier, District Administrator of Jangamo, as well as UNICEF.

At the event major responsibilities for the project will be introduced, namely the construction and supervision company, and explanation given on main work to be implemented, the number of beneficiaries and the impact on their lives, mainly women and children.

For more information, please contact:
Claudio Fauvrelle
Tel +258 21 481 100
email: cfauvrelle@unicef.org

 

 
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