More than 1.3 million household sanitation facilities will be improved through a nationwide sanitation campaign conducted by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare effective today.
This was revealed on Wednesday in Dar es Salaam by the Deputy Director for Environmental Health Services, Elias Chinamo, when opening a meeting on emptying pit latrines.
The two-day meeting, which was sponsored by Water Aid Tanzania, attracted 45 participants from urban and rural local government authorities, NIMR, Ardhi University and representatives of UNICEF, SNV and CARE.
He said the government fully recognises the UN resolution declaring access to clean water and sanitation as a human right.
As parts of its concerted efforts to advance this, he said, the ministry had decided to join the Sanitation and Water for All partnership this year and participated in a high level meeting in Washington DC, and the commitment.
In its statement, he said, the government promised to give access to additional 27 million people by the year 2015 with the purpose of demonstrating its commitment to achieve the MDG on sanitation.
“Towards achieving this commitment, the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare will today launch a four year National Sanitation Campaign aimed at improving household sanitation and school WASH and is expected to improve over one million household sanitation facilities and 701 school sanitation facilities,” he said. Chinamo said sanitation and closely related issue of hygiene were very important in affecting social and economical development worldwide, particularly in developing countries including Tanzania.
Statistics indicate that in Tanzania apart from malaria, diseases caused by poor water supply, sanitation and hygiene (diarrhea in particular) rank second amongst major causes of deaths to children under the age of five years.
Explaining on the pit latrine emptying campaign, he said sanitation and hygiene participatory approach would be employed and special software will be used in executing its marketing strategy.
Chinamo said one of the emptying technologies known as ‘Gulper’ has provided solutions to wastewater removal in unplanned settlements. Another model, ‘Mtumba’ approach, has been piloted over the last three yearss.
“Today, I am highly pleased to evidence that WaterAid and the partners, particularly local government authorities, are planning to scale up piloted interventions,” he stated.