Government has said the Malawi Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (Wash) project will help improve access to potable and clean water to the country’s most vulnerable groups.
The Ministry of Water Development and Irrigation principal secretary Sandram Maweru made the remarks last week at Matale School in Ntcheu during the launch of the £19.45 million (K10.7 billion) DfID funded project.
Malawi Wash, managed by Unicef will be implemented by four local organisations such as World Vision Malawi (WVM), Concern Universal, Goal Malawi, and Development for People to People (Dapp) in 10 least served districts in terms of access to water and sanitation services.
“We thank DfID for providing resources for the implementation of this enormous programme. Access to improved water supply services is one of the priority areas for the country,” said Maweru.
He further said access to improved water supply services in the country, currently at 83 percent, surpasses the target set in the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) which was 67 percent.
“Much as statistics show positive progress in access to potable water, there is still a significant percentage of the population that does not have access to improved water supply and sanitation services,” he said.
DfID deputy country representative Martin Dawson called for the involvement of beneficiary communities and district councils to ensure that the facilities are maintained.