Water and Environmental Sanitation

Overview - Water & Environmental Sanitation

Our response - Water & Environmental Sanitation


Our response - Water & Environmental Sanitation

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(Continued from Overview - Water & Environmental Sanitation)

UNICEF supports the Indonesian government in developing and implementing strategies that improve drinking water and sanitation conditions across the country. UNICEF also assists the government in improving relevant planning mechanisms, monitoring systems and databases. UNICEF continues to play a pivotal role as the water and sanitation sectoral coordinator for the post-tsunami response in Aceh and North Sumatra, developing partnership frameworks that pool competencies and resources across organizations.

Through the Young Child Survival and Development program, UNICEF and the government of Indonesia are helping children learn to recognize safe water, and helping to improve safe water supplies and adequate sanitation facilities in 30 Districts across the country.

UNICEF is also helping to implement a special Clean Water Supply and Basic Sanitation initiative in Aceh and North Sumatra that includes the rehabilitation and construction of shallow wells, rainwater tanks and gravity pipe systems. The project also includes the construction of toilets, hand washing and waste disposal facilities in schools, health and community centers, and religious institutions.

In Aceh, UNICEF and its partners provided clean drinking water soon after the massive earthquake and tsunami struck on December 26, 2004. Access to clean water helped prevent a outbreak of major illnesses such as cholera. Since that time, UNICEF, along with the WHO, has conducted field inspections of 22 water treatment plants across the tsunami-affected province. UNICEF also provided water pumps for the Lambaro water treatment plant in Banda Aceh, which has capacity to purify some 11 million gallons of water per day.

In 2004 UNICEF provided water and sanitation facilities and hygiene education to 170 schools in Maluku, Eastern Indonesia, benefiting some 25,500 children.



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