Scaling-Up Climate Resilient Sustainable Solar-Powered Systems for Institutions and Communities

WASH Field Note

Students at St. Martins Primary School drinking water at a solar water tap provided by unicef
UNICEF Malawi/2019/Moving Minds


Ensuring sustainable access to safe water in rural communities in Malawi presents many challenges, particularly for schools and healthcare facilities, and is likely to become even more difficult with the increasing impact of climate change. To address these challenges, UNICEF has designed and implemented a programme which incorporates the risks associated with climate change and uses renewable energy to provide sustainable access to safe water for schools, healthcare facilities and communities in rural areas in Malawi. This approach has also been used as part of the recent Cyclone Idai emergency response to ensure safe water is available in the required quantities to internally displaced person (IDP) camps, schools, healthcare facilities and communities.

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