The European Union, UNICEF and UNOPS partner to strengthen water, sanitation and hygiene in Banz, Jiwaka Province.

Klinpela Banz Komuniti Projek

10 February 2023
School children participated in the launch event.
Elizabeth Gavuri
School children participated in the launch event.

Banz, Papua New Guinea, 2 FEBRUARY 2023 - The European Union (EU), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) officially launched the Klinpela Banz Komuniti Projek. The four-year project aims to improve the quality of life of communities in the provincial township of Banz through increased access to, and utilization of, safe, adequate and sustainable water supply, sanitation and improved hygiene practices in locations with high population concentrations.

Funded by the European Union at a cost of USD 11,700,000 (PGK 41,200,000), the Klinpela Banz Projek will be implemented by UNICEF and UNOPS in close collaboration with the Government of Papua New Guinea (PNG) to improve access to safe water and improved sanitation services in the town’s communal facilities - focusing on schools, health care facilities and markets.

The WaSH programme is an important initiative in PNG, especially during Covid-19 conditions. “The new Klinpela Banz Komuniti Projek is part of the EU’s continued commitment to support PNG in implementing the National Water, Sanitation and Hygiene WaSH Policy 2015-2030. More specifically, it helps the government to improve access to water, sanitation and hygiene facilities in urban areas of the country. This support is in line with the EU’s commitment to work with developing countries to improve access to land,  food,  safe  water  and  clean,  affordable  and  sustainable  energy  for  all,”  as  underlined  by  the  EU Ambassador, Jacques Fradin, Head of the Delegation to Papua New Guinea.

Officially launched on 2 February 2023 in Banz town by EU, UNICEF, UNOPS and the PNG Government, the  project  will  contribute  to  long  term  sustainable  behavior  change  at  the  personal,  household, community and institutional levels by increasing access to clean water through safe and sustainable water supply, improving sanitation and promoting good hygiene practices.

“Spending money on safe water and sanitation is a smart investment. This is because access to safe water and improved sanitation contributes to reduced deaths among infants, increases school enrolment and completion and reduces illnesses so that children do not miss classes. In addition to increasing productivity among adults, it will also ensure the safety of women who will no longer have to travel long distances for water,” said UNICEF Representative, Dr Claudes Kamenga.

A key priority of the project is the promotion and fostering of good hygiene practices at the community- level through special focus on the needs of girls, women and marginalized groups.  Good hygiene practices will  be  promoted  at  the  household  and  community  levels  by  establishing  school  hygiene  clubs  and

community dialogue to create awareness and provide training for teachers and health workers on the importance of improved hygiene and sanitation practices.

Ms Samina Kadwani, UNOPS Director for Papua New Guinea, Thailand, Indonesia and the Pacific, said: “UNOPS  is  glad  to  be  part  of  this  timely  initiative  which  works  to  strengthen  health  and  educational opportunities through the WaSH programme by paying special attention to women and girls, as well as those in vulnerable situations, leaving no one behind.”

The Klinpela Banz Komuniti Projek is a new partnership between the EU, UNICEF and UNOPS in Papua New Guinea.  It is expected to improve the quality of the lives of men, women, and children in Banz by strengthening the provision of portable water and sanitation services to education, health and other government institutions. It will also provide learning opportunities and innovations applicable to other PNG provinces and districts to improve access to safe water and sanitation to more Papua New Guineans.

The launch event marked the official start of project activities,  and was attended by EU Ambassador, Jacques Fradin, Head of the Delegation to Papua New Guinea; representatives from the EU Delegation; the Secretary for the Department of Health, Dr Osborne Liko; the Secretary for Education, Dr Uke Kombra; the  Secretary  of  the  Department  of  National  Planning  and  Monitoring,  Mr.  Koney  Samuel;  Jiwaka Governor,  Simon  Kaiwi;  UNICEF  Country  Representative,  Claudes  Kamenga;  UNOPS  Country  Manager, Joeena  Simpson,  among  others.  The event included speeches by representatives from the EU, the Government of PNG, UNICEF and UNOPS. A number of cultural performances and a ceremonial launch activity were also staged.

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