Water Service Point: JIRAMA and UNICEF join hands to ensure access to drinking water and hygiene for all
Antampon'Itaosy, April 23, 2020 To strengthen water distribution in areas in difficulty, JIRAMA supported by UNICEF, will install water tanks, through a service called WSP or "Water Service Point" by JIRAMA ". 40 tanks will be installed in 31 Fokontany. Besides the distribution of water, the two companies, in collaboration with ASOS, ACF and WASUP will implement a specific communication campaign for users of standpipes or tanks. This campaign will be implemented in 192 Fokontany of Antananarivo, including 2,660 standpipes and 138 Fokontany in Toamasina with 377 standpipes.
"The service aims to meet the needs of the population in this period of health emergency to enable them to have access to drinking water and hand washing devices", according to the Director General of JIRAMA
Hand washing is in fact essential for the fight against COVID-19. However, in Madagascar, 8 million people do not have any hand-washing device with soap and water at home. This is why UNICEF has provided JIRAMA with 10 tanks, with a capacity of 10m3, that will be installed in 31 water points. It is estimated that 470,000 people in Antananarivo and 30,000 in Toamasina are supplied with water by the standpipes.
"Having drinking water is vital during this health crisis but above all, it is important that users remember barrier gestures when they come to draw water. Water is precious, let's not waste it and let's wash our hands. Hence, the importance of these communication tools and also the commitment of community actors ", explains Jean Benoit Manhes, UNICEF Madagascar Deputy Representative.
Furthermore, this contributes to improving the services provided by JIRAMA to its customers and above all to anticipating low-flow periods. The practices are the same as those of standpipes. Water prices remain unchanged; a JIRAMA agent will be in charge of the distribution.
Community mobilization/awareness actions such as awareness raising campaigns with mobile sound systems will be implemented to better inform the population at the level of the fokontany in the concerned cities. The campaigns will focus on hand washing techniques with soap, water security and mainly barrier gestures, to prevent the spread of Coronavirus in households and at standpipes. These actions will be carried out with the collaboration of the heads of Fokontany and those in charge of the standpipes.
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