Wednesday, 08 May 2013

€30m for access to water and basic sanitation in Malawi

The European Union and UNICEF have announced a programme in value of €30 million that will support Malawi in its efforts to reach the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) related to water and sanitation.
The new programme will focus on 15 districts and 7 cities, who have limited access to water and sanitation. It will help to build 500 new water points, water and sanitation facilities in health centres, promote hygiene in schools and train local committees to manage the water infrastructure themselves.
The contribution from the European Union is €24 million (from the European Development Fund), while from UNICEF is €6 million.
Malawi has registered an overall increase in access to safe water, from 41% (in 1990) to 83% (in 2010). With regards to basic sanitation, Malawi registered in 2010 a 70% access across the entire population, from 39% in 1990.
The MDG for water and sanitation is to halve, by 2015, the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation.

Source: European Commission