Increasing Access to Clean Water
During 2018, UNICEF continued to increase access to water by drilling new boreholes and rehabilitating defunct pipe water schemes and boreholes in rural focus districts with a strong focus on solar power. The urban WASH programme also saw a two-fold increase in water production across 14 small towns alongside rehabilitation of sewer systems also.
Sustainability of water supply systems was strengthened through the development of a national public-private strategic framework. The framework aims to bolster the role of the private sector in the UNICEF also supported pilots to improve monitoring and operations.
UNICEF also supported system strengthening around monitoring as well as operation and maintenance using community participation. This included linking community residents in rural areas via SMS to the web-based rural WASH information management system.