Sudan, Khartoum: UNMIS supports sanitation improvement in leprosy colony

Leader of the community Abakr Abdallah, inspecting the newly constructed toilets. Photo: UNMIS

Leader of the community Abakr Abdallah, inspecting the newly constructed toilets. Photo: UNMIS

The lives of some 120 people affected by leprosy and other disease living in Mayo area in the outskirts of Khartoum are improved by the construction of 10 pit latrines that aim to provide much needed health and hygiene access. [On 16 June 2009] the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) and partners from the Leprosy Mission of Sudan and the State Ministry of Health inaugurated the sanitation project, the first one of its kind, since the affected population moved first to the area.

The new latrines of $23,000 cost, were funded by UNMIS through its Civil Military Cooperation (CIMIC) unit, and were constructed in little over a month’s time. “Over the years things have substantially improved for those living in the area. Homes were built, a water pump was put in and now with the help of UNMIS, 10 toilets have been added to the improvements”, UNMIS Military Chief of Staff, Col. Oivind Christensen said during the opening ceremony.

Source: UNMIS, 16 Jun 2009

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