Official handover of six all-terrain vehicles, as part of the cooperation program between the Malagasy Government and UNICEF
Galaxy, Andraharo JUNE 16, 2020 - The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) hand overs six all-terrain vehicles to the Ministry of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, as part of the cooperation program between the Malagasy government and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). These vehicles will be used in the implementation of the joint program in the field of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in the following regions: Boeny, Atsimo Andrefana, Atsimo Atsinanana, Androy and Anosy.
The joint program in these five areas is targeting more than 110,000 people as for access to drinking water, and more than 1 million people as regards sanitation and hygiene.
Today's ceremony in Andraharo coincides with the Day of the African Child celebrated on June 16. "Throughout the African continent and particularly in Madagascar, access to drinking water and sanitation remains a major challenge to children's rights. This situation is particularly affecting the daily lives of children. We hope that this support can improve interventions in order to bring dignity to the life of the population in general in terms of water, sanitation and hygiene", explains Michel Saint-Lot, UNICEF Representative in Madagascar.
"The year 2020 marks a great commitment by the State to highlight the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene sector through the establishment of this ministry. The implementation of this major project on enhancing access to drinking water, sanitation and hygiene in Madagascar requires coordination of actions and synergy with partners, which UNICEF has always demonstrated. This support through the provision of vehicles is well-timed especially during this time of pandemic marking even more than water, sanitation and hygiene are crucial. We extend our sincere thanks to UNICEF for this support which will greatly contribute to achieving our mission," said Minister Voahary Rakotovelomanantsoa.
In this time of pandemic, access to hygiene remains fundamental for children to protect them and teach them barrier gestures. In the response to COVID 19, UNICEF supports the Ministry of Water, Hygiene and Sanitation; more than 2 million people are targeted in prevention and response actions throughout Madagascar.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.