Fruit of collaboration between the MEAH and UNICEF: Three water trucks to strengthen the capacity of JIRAMA in the supply of drinking water in the two towns of Antananarivo and Toamasina.
Antananarivo, 5 January 2021 – UNICEF is providing three water trucks to JIRAMA to strengthen its capacity in the supply of drinking water in the two cities of Antananarivo and Toamasina. To continue the support provided so far in terms of improving the population's access to drinking water as part of the fight against the spread of COVID-19, being aware of the importance of water in all actions to prevent and respond to the epidemic, this endowment to the government of Madagascar targets more than 75,000 people living in the cities of Antananarivo and Toamasina, particularly in this period of low water levels during which part of the population lives in neighbourhoods with little or no access to the water supply network of JIRAMA.
Beginning of July 2020, when Madagascar was in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, the MEAH and UNICEFcarried out an operation to subsidise the price of water at the standpipes in the towns of Antananarivo and Toamasina (Operation Avotr’aina) over a period of three months. "A new phase of support from UNICEF to the MEAH is taking shape today thanks to the supply of the three (3) water trucks with a capacity of 15,000 litres each to strengthen the capacity of JIRAMA in terms of water supply so that the urban population can benefit from drinking water", says Michel Saint-Lot, UNICEF representative in Madagascar. These vehicles will be used to provide water to tanks installed in neighbourhoods that are experiencing difficulties in supplying drinking water, as well as neighbourhoods not yet served by the JIRAMA water supply network.
The Minister of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, Voahary RAKOTOVELOMANTSOA emphasizes: "Response actions inevitably recall the importance of Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene in all response actions against COVID-19. This shows that the MEAH continues to find solutions to improve access to water".
This action is part of the fight against the spread of COVID-19 and the improvement of the health situation in the two cities, given the importance of water in all actions to prevent and respond to the epidemic, particularly for handwashing with soap.
It should be noted that UNICEF has also already ordered two additional water trucks, for a total of five water trucks. These will be provided to JIRAMA in early March to further strengthen the water supply in neighbourhoods with poor access to drinking water. An additional 50,000 people or a total of 125,000 people will have their drinking water supply strengthened by the use of these five water trucks, at an investment cost of one billion ariary. UNICEF thanks The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) for providing the funds for the three trucks handed over today and the government of Norway for financing the two trucks that should be handed over next March.
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