Malawi: A Better Environment - Sustainable WASH Program
11 November 2015
Malawi is one of the world’s poorest countries. According to the United Nations Development Programme’s Human Development Report in 2009, about 74 per cent of the population still lives below the income poverty line of US$1.25 a day and 90 per cent below the US$2 a day threshold. Several areas of Malawi lack of access to safe drinking water. Many people, often women and children, walk long distances each day to find adequate water. The reliance on rivers often results to health problems due to water-borne diseases. Up to 20% of boreholes previously drilled are inoperable due to poor upkeep and lack of training in maintenance.
The Malawi Sustainable WASH Program has improved access to clean water and sanitation in 30 communities across Malawi, benefitting more than 7,500 families.
Boreholes, with associated run off tanks and treadle pumps, were built in the some communities and training was given for local management of these boreholes. Sanitation has been improved with the construction of toilet blocks and the communities have been given awareness sessions on hygiene to reduce water-borne diseases. With the use of appropriate technology, water can now be stored. Training and materials have been provided to improve agricultural techniques. The use of these techniques, together with fertilizers and irrigation, has shown better yields.
The Salvation Army is currently under the Phase 2 of the Malawi WASH Program.
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