Health and Nutrition

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Water and sanitation

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© UNICEF Madagascar/2009/Williams

In 2008 and 2009, 310,000 more people gained access to clean water in Madagascar, and 430,000 more people gained access to adequate sanitation as a result of UNICEF-led initiatives.

As part of efforts to promote WASH in schools, a reference manual was written and disseminated nationwide in 2009, to help facilitate the implementation of improved hygiene practices.

In rural areas, community-led total sanitation (CLTS) projects are underway. These encourage local communities to construct and use latrines, spearheading their own sanitation initiatives and learning how to protect themselves from diseases caused by poor sanitation.

To address shortages in water capacity in cities, UNICEF Madagascar has worked with partner non-governmental organisations and the national water and electricity company JIRAMA to construct and support the mamagement of water points in urban areas. In 2009-2010, 42,000 people in Madagascar's capital, Antananarivo gained access to safe water and 120 local associations were established to manage the system effectively.



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