Around 200,000 people in six districts of Luapula Province to benefit from improved access to basic water supply, sanitation and hygiene facilities
LUSAKA, Zambia, 23 July 2020 – The Government of the Republic of Zambia through the Ministry of Water Development, Sanitation and Environmental Protection with support from the Federal Republic of Germany through the KfW Development Bank in collaboration with UNICEF Zambia is implementing an 8 million euro (K 168 million) Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene Programme in six districts of Luapula Province, Zambia, namely: Chiengi, Chifunabuli, Kawambwa, Lunga, Mwansabombwe and Mwense districts.
The programme will be implemented through the Ministry of Water Development, Sanitation and Environmental Protection with support from the Federal Republic of Germany and will target districts and provincial authorities in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of General Education.
The programme entitled ‘Enhancing Access to WASH Services in Luapula Province of Zambia’ will be implemented over a period of three years (2020-2022) in the target six districts and is expected to benefit an estimated 200,000 people. The ultimate goal of the programme is to reduce the burden of diarrhoeal diseases among children, especially those under 5.
“The ‘Enhancing Access to WASH Services programme in Luapula Province of Zambia’ is a milestone in the provision of water and sanitation in rural areas of Zambia as it will accelerate access to water and sanitation in line with the country’s aspiration of attaining universal access to water and sanitation by 2030” said Hon. Dr. Dennis M. Wanchinga, MP, Minister of Water Development, Sanitation and Environmental Protection.
Under the programme, at least 450 existing non-functional boreholes will be rehabilitated, and 340 new boreholes will be drilled and equipped with hand pumps, and ten piped water supply schemes will be constructed or upgraded. The programme will also support sanitation and hygiene promotion, and capacity building for communities, districts, and provincial and national staff in planning, programme implementation, the operation and maintenance of WASH infrastructure, and monitoring and evaluation.
The programme will also see the rehabilitation and upgrading of water and sanitation infrastructure in 50 schools and 20 health centres and also support health care waste management systems in health care facilities.
“With a view to following a comprehensive approach so that the programme has interlinkages to other projects in the water sector as well as to food and nutrition security, integrated solutions are important guiding principles for Germany´s Development Cooperation to maximize impacts,” said His Excellency, Mr Achim Burkart, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany.
“Access to basic water and sanitation is such an essential part of children getting the best start in life,” said Ms. Noala Skinner, UNICEF Representative in Zambia. “Without these, the lives of tens of thousands of children in Zambia are at risk. For children under five, water- and sanitation-related diseases are one of the leading causes of death.”
About German Development Cooperation/KfW
Through this initiative, KfW Development Bank on behalf of the German Federal Government will contribute to accelerated achievement of the SDG targets for WASH, focusing on unserved and hard-to-reach vulnerable rural communities in Luapula Province. This programme will contribute to a reduction in morbidity and mortality due to WASH-related diseases, lowering the burden of water collection on women and girls, and improving basic education outcomes and gender equality, through enhancing access to WASH services in low-WASH access and the most disadvantaged districts of Luapula Province, in line with the Government’s Vision 2030, 7NDP and the National Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Programme (NRWSSP) 2016-2030.
Statement issued by UNICEF Zambia in conjunction with the Ministry of Water Development, Sanitation and Environmental Protection.
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