695 million of the 2.5 billion people across the world who lack access to improved sanitation live in Sub-Saharan Africa. Some 400 million people in Sub Sahara Africa lack access to a basic drinking water service. The combined impact of these factors is devastating to people’s health.

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Problem We Are Trying to Solve

695 million of the 2.5 billion people across the world who lack access to improved sanitation live in Sub-Saharan Africa. Some 400 million people in Sub Sahara Africa, (2 out of 5 people) lack access to a basic drinking water service. The combined impact of these factors is devastating to people’s health.

Populations in African countries are ravaged by diseases related to poor water and sanitation including diarrheal diseases, malaria, and other neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) such as intestinal helminthiasis, schistosomiasis. The second leading cause of death among children under five are diarrheal diseases which kill more children than AIDS and malaria combined.


How We Are Going To Do It

Amref Health Africa’s vision for WASH is to have sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene available to all people in Africa. Our goal is to expand access to sustainable WASH services through innovative approaches in line with the aspirations of the SDG 6.

In Africa mainly women and children are responsible for ensuring the water supply for their families - due to the long distances to the next water supply this activity often takes up 25% of their time. Reducing the time needed for getting water, frees the women and children to go to work or school.

AMREF helps the local community by building a new water supply well and restoring existing wells for usage in farming. The water quality is checked regularly and in the communities so-called "water committees" are established whose members are trained in the maintenance of the wells. In addition, the local communities are informed about the importance of hygiene and the consequences of bad hygiene.


Who Benefits

Local communities, mainly women, girls and children under five in the Samburu/Turkana und Kitui region (Kenya) and in Afar (Ethopia).


Long Term Impact

The improved access to safe water supply and increased access to sustainable sanitation contributes sustainable to the reduction in mortality and morbidity from water-borne diseases. 

In addition, the reduction of time spent to collect water from the long-distance water supply wells allows women and children to attend a business and / or school and therefore also contributes to the generation of income and a self-sustained future.


What We Need To Do

    • Improve water supply and sanitation services
    • Build the capacities of our partners (train local professionists in well-building techniques)
    • Strengthening accountability mechanisms by establishing local "water committee" whose members are trained in the maintenance of the wells

UN Sustainability Goals Supported

AMREF Switzerland

Miriam Hofbauer

 

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