Fight against COVID-19 in the Urban Municipality of Antananarivo: partnership among the MEAH-UNICEF-CUA in support of 10 fokontany most affected by COVID-19
In the fight against the spread of COVID-19, 10 fokontany in the Urban Commune of Antananarivo received additional support in terms of sanitation and hygiene. Household waste pre-collection equipment, hygiene kits, and hand washing devices were handed over to the CUA on 5 May. It is the result of the partnership among the Ministry of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, the Urban Municipality of Antananarivo, UNICEF, the Norwegian government, as well as the government of Denmark, through DANIDA (Danish International Development Agency).
ANTANANARIVO, 05 May, 2021 - The city of Antananarivo remains the epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic in Madagascar. The fight is intensifying, especially in the area of sanitation and hygiene. Material, equipment, and hygiene products were handed over to the Urban Commune of Antananarivo on 5 May, within the framework of the integrated emergency and WASH development project, for the benefit of the populations of the 10 fokontany most affected by COVID-19. This support aims to improve sanitation in each of the vulnerable fokontany, the hygiene of households and population passing through public places, in order to stop the spread of COVID-19.
The allocations consist of household waste pre-collection equipment kits and will be handed over by the CUA to the organisations in charge of the tasks; these include wheelbarrows, handcarts, intermediate bins, collection tools, coveralls and masks.
In addition, hygiene should improve at the level of 4,000 households, i.e. around 20,000 people thanks to the supply of kits comprising 8,000 15-litre buckets, 4,000 20-litre cans for hand washing and 2,666 cartons of bar soap. And finally, 70 hand washing devices, with a capacity of 500 litres, will be set up in public places.
“Synergy between all partners and stakeholders in the water, sanitation and hygiene sectors is more essential than ever in the fight against COVID-19. This integrated emergency and development project in water, hygiene and sanitation – intended for populations affected by COVID-19 – concerns the urban municipalities of Antananarivo and Toamasina. Strengthening actions carried out in all regions, in terms of sanitation and hygiene, are an integral part of MEAH's mission; they are enhanced as part of the fight against COVID-19 in collaboration with institutions and other public and private entities”, says the Secretary General of the Ministry of Water, Sanitation, and hygiene, Simon Randriatsiferana.
“The Norwegian Embassy is seriously concerned about the difficulties that the Malagasy population is facing in the face of the second wave of the epidemic. We hope that this contribution will improve household hygiene and the sanitation of the targeted fokontany," says the Minister-Counsellor at the Norwegian Embassy, Mr. Andreas Danevad. It should be noted that Norway is contributing 10 million Norwegian Krone to the national response to the pandemic in the area of water, hygiene and sanitation.
"Learning lessons from the first wave of the pandemic, the fight against the Coronavirus also involves strengthening the capacity of municipalities, fokontany and their related services to ensure the waste collection, disposal and treatment. The decrease in the price of water at standpipes and the intensive promotion of handwashing practices, both at the household level and in public places, are important tools in the mechanism to curb the spread of COVID-19. UNICEF will continue to advocate with donors for support for the continuity and scaling up of approaches such as “Avotr'aina”, the supply of handwashing devices with water and soap to households and public places," concludes the UNICEF Deputy Representative in Madagascar.
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