Deputy Minister of Health Chrissie Kalamula Kanyasho has commended World Vision Malawi for improving sanitation, hygiene and access to safe water in Ntcheu.
She expressed the sentiments on Monday at James Kam’mwamba Community Ground when traditional authorities (T/As) Phambala, Masasa, Chakhumbira and Ganya were certified as open defaecation free (ODF) areas.
Kanyasho said: “The intervention assists the country to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal number six that calls for adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and end open defaecation.
“The ODF statuses are crucial for reducing sanitary-related diseases such as cholera.”
She asked communities and development partners to support the agenda of making Malawi attain ODF status by 2024.
In his remarks, World Vision Malawi director of operations Charles Chimombo said they strive to provide access to safe water in the district.
“We want to reduce the prevalence rate of diarrhoea among under-five children through improved and sustainable sanitation, hygiene and access to clean water at homes and schools,” he said.
On his part, Inkosi Gomani V said he will ensure the district attains ODF status.
He said: “Sanitation helps a person to be healthy, which is good for development.
“I will engage the remaining five T/As and two Sub-T/As to embrace sanitation initiatives for the district to attain ODF status.”
With support from Charity Water in the United States of America, World Vision Malawi is implementing an Integrated Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Programme which seeks to empower communities to have toilets, embrace sanitation and improve access to safe water points.