byJennifer Schmitzer via web
In June, WASH stakeholders gathered at the Town Hall in Ziah Town, Grand Gedeh County for the second of a round of county-level Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) Training of Facilitators (ToF) workshops under the DGIS WASH Programme – Accelerating Water and Sanitation for All in Liberia.
Given the relatively high level of capacity for CLTS in the county, this ToF consisted of 3 field days, instead of the typical 2. Participants packed into vehicles and rode to communities, some over an hour away on difficult roads, to use popular CLTS tools - pupu mapping, transect walks, and pupu and medical expense calculation. Community members joined the team in Ziah Town on the last day for a validation session, where a representative from the Ministry of Internal Affairs made a speech on the importance of sanitation.
CLTS is a major component of the DGIS WASH Programme in Liberia, with several hundred triggerings expected in the next few years. CLTS was introduced in Liberia in 2009 but it wasn’t until the past year that the institutional framework strengthened to support scale-up. Preparatory activities were essential before triggerings could take place in target counties.
Since the beginning of programme implementation, UNICEF in collaboration with the NTCU for CLTS in Liberia, has conducted county consultative meetings to introduce the programme to county stakeholders, hosted a CLTS workshop to expand upon the steps to implementation laid out in the Guidelines for CLTS Implementation in Liberia, and conducted a Refresher Training of Trainers (ToT) in Monrovia. Now county-level stakeholders are being trained in facilitation; these week-long workshops are managed by the NTCU and include triggering as field experience.
The next step will be to conduct ToFs in the remaining counties in the southeast. Then it is up to government officials and implementing partners to continue triggering and monitoring as they help bring communities to Open Defecation Free (ODF) status.