Global Sanitation Fund in Malawi, by Rochelle Holm, Ph.D., PMP, Mzuzu University, Centre of Excellence in Water and Sanitation and SMART Centre Manager. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Global Sanitation Fund programme in Malawi is aimed at implementing sanitation and hygiene initiatives that will help the Government of Malawi to attain its vision of ensuring Sanitation for All in the country and its mission of ensuring that all Malawians access improved sanitation facilities, practice safe hygiene and re-use or recycle waste for the sustainable management of the environment and socio-economic development.
The programme will help in reducing Malawi’s open defecation which the JMP 2013 Update (World Health Organization and UNICEF) estimates to stand at 7% in 2011. This reduction in open defecation will be achieved through:
- triggering 3,600 villages and 274 schools in the six districts using Community Led Total Sanitation and School Led Total Sanitation approaches, respectively, and promoting the adoption of improved sanitation and hygiene practices;
- conducting sanitation marketing in support of the triggering;
- developing the capacity of government, civil society organizations and private sector actors in hygiene and sanitation promotion;
- supporting the planning and implementation of sanitation and hygiene activities at district level;
- documenting lessons learnt to help improve programming in sanitation and hygiene.
In Malawi, the GSF programme is managed by Plan International who were appointed an Executing Agency through a rigorous procurement process. As an Executing Agency, Plan receives programme funds from WSSCC. The funds are in turn disbursed to various sub-grantees who implement the planned work on the ground.
Plan is an independent, non-religious and international non-governmental organization that promotes the rights of children. The organization’s vision is a world in which all children realize their full potential in societies that respect people’s rights and dignity.
One barrier to the realization of children’s full potential is poor sanitation and hygiene, leading to sanitation related diseases that in Malawi account for up to 4,500 deaths of under-five children.
Lack of basic sanitation denies children the right to health. Poor health undeniably prevents children from accessing such other rights as education, thereby threatening their potential to become productive citizens. Plan, therefore, considers the promotion of sanitation hygiene as one key for ensuring that children live full lives. It is for this reason that with the Global Sanitation Fund support, Plan Malawi is committed to ensuring that children live in communities that are open defecation free and where a minimum of basic sanitation is provided.
On November 15, 2013 at the Sunbird Capital Hotel, Lilingowe, the Malawi Global Sanitation Fund Programme Website Launch took place in advance of World Toilet Day. Mzuzu University had a key role in the development of this website for the Government, and we invite partners to visit the website towards helping attain sanitation for all in Malawi.