water and sanitation rural 14.09.10.jpgStakeholders in the water and sanitation sector say they is need to promote sanitation facilities in rural areas so as to achieve the Millennium Development Goal of reducing by half the population of people without access to proper sanitation by 2015. 

 

Speaking at the sidelines of a National Strategy Development and Planning Workshop for The Health Sector, the Executive Director of the Institute of Water and Sanitation Development, Noma Neseni said in order to meet the MDG target of improving sanitation by 2015, Zimbabwe should develop a national strategy that will ensure everyone has access to either a toilet or pit latrine.

 

“The country needs to build at least 65 000 latrines a year in order to improve the country’s sanitation programme,” Neseni said.
    
Mr Kiwe Sebuya from UNICEF, who is the Chief of the Water Sanitation Hygiene Programme says they are currently working with the government to improve the country’s sanitation and hygiene services.    

“We are currently working with the government in order to improve the country’s sanitation sector which has seen the gains achieved form the early 1980’s to the late 1990s declining,” said Mr Sebuya.
 
Provision of proper sanitary services was adversely affected by sanctions in the last ten years.

 

Sanitation and health services provision is currently on the recovery, but more needs to be done to achieve the target of reducing the number of people without proper sanitation facilities by half on or before 2015, under the Millennium Development Goals.