byJennifer Schmitzer via web
On 4 July, a team from UNICEF headed out to the field with implementing partner CODES to monitor urban WASH activities under the DGIS WASH Programme. As part of its programme agreement, CODES is responsible for bringing the urban WASH package to 5 communities around the city – Jamaica Road, Central Logan Town, Fiamah, King Gray/ ELWA, and Central New Kru Town. They are working hard to meet the objective of providing over 25,000 people in these cholera-prone areas with improved WASH services.
The team visited sites where latrines and water kiosks were being constructed. At each site, the team was met by 5 local animators that promote hygiene through door-to-door consultations, as well as local officials. Progress is on track for the year, but the team noted some challenges that need to be addressed; one example is that some communities show room for improvement in the management of latrines in order to fund de-sludging. CODES will follow up on the challenges in the next few weeks, which will include increasing the involvement of city corporations.