Irish Aid, WASH Consortium launch Euros 1.1m Project

-As five counties set to benefit | November 18, 2013

Monrovia:-The Liberia WASH Consortium with support from Irish Aid has launched a Euros 1.1 million project targeting increase support to WASH activities in five counties.

The Liberia WASH Consortium is an assembly of local and international organizations working in the Water, sanitation and hygiene sector in the country.

The counties targeted by the Consortium include: rural Montserrado, Rivercess, Grand Bassa, Grand Cape Mount and Sinoe.

The project will also target about 50,000 persons in the five counties which are believed to be experiencing high rates of chronic malnutrition and low access to water, sanitation and hygiene.

Giving an overview of the project at its official launch on Monday at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare(MOH-SW) in Congo Town, WASH Consortium Technical Adviser Cathy Stephen said the project will support the Liberian government’s WASH Strategic Sector Plan 2013-2L017 by contributing to a reduction in WASH-related diseases.

Madam Stephen disclosed that the project will focus on four strategic areas in the communalities she termed as underserved in terms of water, sanitation and hygiene.

According to her, the group will increase knowledge and understanding of good sanitation and hygiene practices through training of community health volunteers and WASH in school.

She further stated that the Consortium will ensure functioning and sustainable water facilities by installing and rehabilitating 53 water facilities, and five clinics.

The Consortium, she said “will also improve the capacity of stakeholders in key institutions through budget tracking and monitoring, county level advocacy among others.

Meanwhile, Assistant Health Minister for Preventive Services, Tolbert Nyenswah said, Government and partners can only achieve their goals in the WASH sector with the drafting of a sector strategic, implementation and development plan.

He said even though some significant gains have been made in the sector, it remains a critical challenge. Ministered Nyenswah cautioned the Liberia WASH Consortium to wisely use the money.

He commended Irish Aid for the donation of the fund to the Consortium noting it will go a long way in alleviating some of the problems in the WASH sector.

For her part the Program Adviser of Irish Aid, Carine Gachen recounted the Irish continued support to Liberia recovery, noting the WASH sector is no exception.

Madam Gachen said water, sanitation and hygiene are basic human needs and as such they must be made available to all people.

She recommitted Irish Aid support to the Government of Liberia WASH Strategic Sector Plan 2013-2017. The Project which beings this November is expected to be climaxed in October 2014.