UNICEF in Malawi
Helping communities through clean water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)
In Malawi, the leading causes of death among children under age five are water and sanitation-related diseases such as diarrhea and malaria. Lack of access to safe drinking water and poor hygiene practices are two key contributors to this issue.
The overall goal of the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) project is to achieve a 30 per cent reduction in water and sanitation-related illnesses in the districts of Kasungu, Mzimba and Nkhata Bay in Malawi.
This two-year project, in partnership with UNICEF, focuses on reducing water and sanitation-related illnesses and deaths by increasing access to WASH services and building the capacity of the community to sustain and expand upon WASH interventions that are implemented in these three Malawi districts.
Of the 5,000 primary schools in Malawi, under a quarter meet the national standard of one latrine per 60 students and only 4 per cent of schools have hand washing facilities. These statistics are particularly alarming considering nearly 25 per cent of the Malawian population is school age.
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