Japan provides additional assistance to nearly 87,000 vulnerable people in the South to improve access to hygiene and sanitation
ANTANANARIVO, 05 March 2021 – Nearly 87,000 vulnerable people in the south of Madagascar benefit from a UNICEF’s emergency project aimed at providing safe water and sanitation to vulnerable communities affected by drought in Southern Madagascar.
This support from the Japanese government will help provide communities in four districts (Tolagnaro, Amboasary, Ambovombe and Ampanihy) in the regions of Androy, Anosy and Atsimo Andrefana with access to water through the distribution of water by water trucks, the conversion of existing water pumps into small-scale solar-powered multi-purpose water systems, hygiene support for families with malnourished children and the delivery of kits containing soap and bleach. The project will also include community awareness campaigns to promote positive health and hygiene practices.
"Years of drought in Southern Madagascar have forced vulnerable communities to drink what they can get, which has had a terrible impact on their health," said Michel Saint-Lot, UNICEF Representative in Madagascar. "With this support from the Japanese government, we will be able to improve the lives of those hardest hit by the drought."
The emergency grant of USD 400,00 from the Japanese government will enable UNICEF and its implementing partners to provide essential water, hygiene and sanitation services to 86,800 people, including 24,800 children, over a six-month period.
"Japan continues to support the Government of Madagascar in addressing the challenges in the Grand Sud," said His Excellency HIGUCHI Yoshihiro, Ambassador of Japan to Madagascar." Japan is committed to always being at the side of the population of the Grand Sud who are currently suffering from the food crisis and an invaluable lack of water," he added.
The project will mobilise water trucks to tour through villages in the affected districts to bring clean water. To further strengthen the resilience of the beneficiary communities, existing water points will be repaired where necessary, and new water points will be constructed.
42% of the population in Southern Madagascar has no access to safe drinking water. These figures are higher for the region of Androy with 62%, 68% for Atsimo Andrefana and 70% for the Anosy region. An estimated two million people in the South do not have access to safe drinking water, half of whom require an emergency response.
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