Sweden provides Additional 7 Million USD to UNICEF Mali for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Services
BAMAKO, 03 December 2013 – Sweden, through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Sida will continue its partnership with UNICEF to carry on its work with communities living in rural, poor urban, crisis-affected and nutritionally vulnerable environments have sustainable access to safe water supplies, basic sanitation and hygiene education.
Sweden provided an additional 7 million USD to support UNICEF work in Mali, bringing Sweden’s total contribution to UNICEF to over 18.7 million USD for the period of 2008-2015
This latest financial support is aimed at scaling up and sustaining child survival interventions in terms of access to water, sanitation and hygiene services that will considerably contribute to the reduction of morbidity and mortality of vulnerable populations in Mali. It will ensure an improved access to continuous and uninterrupted services to water, sanitation and hygiene of communities, particularly in the regions affected by the conflict in Mali.
UNICEF will be able to continue its engagement to the Government of Mali and other operational partners by supporting in particular the improvement of urban distribution systems in the cities of Gao, Timbuktu, and Kidal, the rehabilitation of water points in Northern Regions, the implementation of WASH activities in support of nutrition interventions, the support for the refurbishment of Water Technical Services in the North, prevention and timely response to cholera outbreaks, mobilizing communities to eliminate open defecation (CLTS approach), and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programs in schools.
In Mali 5.5 million people are without access to improved water supply and 12 million people are without basic sanitation with 2.2 million people still practicing open defecation.
“There is a need to continue our work to scale up life-saving interventions in order to address unmet needs and prevent associated mortality and morbidity due to the lack of access to improved water, sanitation and hygiene services in Mali” said Gianfranco Rotigliano, UNICEF Mali Representative. With the renewed partnership and support by the Swedish Government, we hope our efforts to reduced mortality and morbidity in hard to reach zones will be reinforced,” Rotigliano ended.
“Sweden is pleased to continue to work with UNICEF to provide increased access to water and sanitation with the view to increase the resilience of the population affected by the crisis, not least in northern regions. The additional support announced today will make a vital difference in the lives of women and children in Mali” said Eva Emnéus, Ambassador of Sweden in Mali.