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Making traditional leadership work for sanitation

UNICEF Malawi/2016/Phwitiko


“Not too long ago people of this area had the idea that toilets were a privilege, to be used only by the rich in society,” says Senior Group Village Headman (GVH) Chimanda of Traditional Authority (TA) Chakhaza in Dowa. Each village has some 30-50 households but it was quite normal to find only three or four latrines in a village. It is no wonder therefore that the fields were full of feces, lying in the open.

Delivering clean water through innovative community water supply solutions

UNICEF Malawi/2016/Phwitiko


To the untrained eye it looks like a regular pump. But it isn’t. The rope pump, placed on a 10 metre-deep well, can draw 20 litres of water in just 30 seconds. This is more than other pumps on the market can do, and more importantly, the rope pump is made of low cost locally available materials. Thirty-nine year old Brighton Kanike is making these pumps straight out of his workshop in Kasungu. A former bicycle repairman, Brighton says he has always been good with his hands and decided to make the most out of this to earn a living.

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UNICEF Malawi/2014

UNICEF has been operating in Malawi since 1987. The current UNICEF/ Government of Malawi Country Programme of Cooperation aims to support national efforts to progressively realise the rights of children and women through improved child survival, development, protection and participation. 

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