100,000 people in Antananarivo and Toamasina will enjoy access to basic water and sanitation services thanks to support from Norway

21 September 2020
Camion livreur d'eau potable
UNICEF Madagascar/2020/UN0344334/Abela Ralaivita

ANTANANARIVO, September 03, 2020 - 100,000 people are targeted by an emergency and development project to be implemented by the Malagasy Government and UNICEF in the field of water, hygiene and sanitation –  a contribution that is part of the government's response to Covid-19. To support this plan, the Government of Norway has allocated an envelope of ten million Norwegian kroner (1.1 million dollars). With a contribution from UNICEF and the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA), various highly targeted interventions aim at implementing this emergency project to meet the short and long term needs for water, hygiene and sanitation. The population in the urban Municipalities of Antananarivo and Toamasina, mainly affected by the spread of COVID-19 will benefit from these services.

Thanks to this funding, 100,000 individuals from 20,000 households in these two large cities will be able to strengthen their resilience through improved access to drinking water, sanitation and hygiene services.

The lack of access to water, associated with the shortage of hygienic practices represents a great risk to health, especially that of households, and has a direct impact on children's nutrition.

 “In this time of emergency, the Ministry reiterates the importance of access to drinking water, basic hygiene and sanitation services for all. The Ministry is providing its support by working with all partners to provide access to drinking water, basic hygiene and sanitation services for all people in large cities and rural areas at risk during this Covid-19 pandemic. The Ministry’s role is to encourage the adoption of barrier gestures relating to hygiene, in particular the practice of washing hands with soap and the use of toilets among these beneficiary persons in Antananarivo and Toamasina in order to stop the spread of the pandemic,” explains the Minister of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, Ms. Voahary Rakotovelomanantsoa.

In terms of access to drinking water:

• 100,000 individuals from 20,000 households (80% in Antananarivo and 20% in Toamasina) will benefit from "vouchers" to access drinking water. This represents 11% of the population who do not have access to water services in the two cities.

• In areas which do not have public standpipe systems, continuous water supply will be provided by two water tankers made available to JIRAMA and 20 water tanks of 5m3. About 10,000 people will benefit from this action.

• Rehabilitation of water infrastructure will be carried out in Antananarivo to facilitate continued access to water for 5,000 new people.


In terms of sanitation and hygiene:

 • 05 schools, 05 health centers and 05 markets will benefit from the installation of ecological public toilets, including the management of faecal sludge in order to ensure a healthy environment for students, patients and the population.

• Ecological toilets will be piloted within and for the benefit of 312 households.

• Support will be provided to the Urban Municipality of Antananarivo and its attached department ensuring the management of solid waste (SAMVA) to ensure the collection and treatment of waste.


"People's access to uninterrupted drinking water services, toilets and hygiene inputs such as soap should no longer be considered a luxury," explains Michel Saint-Lot, UNICEF Representative in Madagascar. “The contribution of all partners in support of the Malagasy Government is more necessary than ever, especially during this unprecedented time of the coronavirus pandemic. UNICEF will continue to advocate for the accessibility of a service for all children in Madagascar and their families,” he adds.

The program will be implemented for a period of 12 months with an integrated approach at the level of the local population and mainly including the private sector and young people.

This emergency plan aligns with Norway's health support policies. It is part of the health response to the current coronavirus pandemic, and we hope that this intervention will help strengthen the target populations’ resistance to Covid-19," said Andreas Danevad, Head of Norwegian Embassy Office in Madagascar. "In addition to the expected positive impacts, local populations will continue to benefit from the water points and sanitation infrastructure that will be put in place beyond this intervention," he concludes.

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Chief of Communication
UNICEF Madagascar
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Communication Officer
UNICEF Madagascar


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