Zambia: Kafue water and sanitation crisis addressed
Updated - Monday 09 December 2002
In rural parts of Kafue, 45 km south of the capital Lusaka, WATER AID and the District Water, Sanitation and Health Education Committee (D-WASHE), have worked together to improve water supply and sanitation. To effectively address water and sanitation requirements for villagers, D-WASHE has enlisted so called neighbourhood health committees. These are made up of villagers sensitised to articulating their health needs and ensuring that, disease prevention measures are preached with clarity and simplicity to fellow villagers. Foremost, the issue of water supply and sanitation is what the neighbourhood health committee has been addressing among other major health concerns like malaria. On the water scene, water security in quality and quantity has not only plugged off water-borne diseases. Household food security has also been enhanced. Vegetables and other crops are grown using run-off water oozing from rehabilitated boreholes. Another plus is easing the burden women and girls are encumbered with in their search for water. What is more, girl children who, depending on family circumstances, had to stay away from school to accommodate water-hauling chores will now have a breather.
Source: Times of Zambia, 30 Nov 2002
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