A multimillion USAID funded sanitation program phased out from Eastern Province.

An 18 million United States dollars programme that was looking at sanitation and hygiene in schools has been phased out from Eastern Province.

The four year School Promoting Learning Achievement through Sanitation and Hygiene, SPLASH programme, which was sponsored by USAID, has come to an end following the completion of the project which started in 2011.

Malama Munkonge, who is a Water Sanitation and Hygiene, WASH school Advisor, told Breeze News that programmes to do with hygiene in schools will continue with support from other stake holders.

And National WASH advisor, Dr. Henry Longo said during its four year operation in the province, the project managed to construct 3, 000 pit latrines and 416 water points in more than 400 schools in the province.
He says that most schools where SPLASH has been operating managed to reach at least 60 per cent in terms of hygiene, adding that government should do more to improve sanitation in schools.
Dr. Longo mentioned some of the challenges faced during the project implementation as lack of testing of water and monitoring of projects by relevant authorities from government.
And Eastern Province Permanent Secretary, Chanda Kasolo, thanked USAID for assisting in improving sanitation in schools.
Mr. Kasolo assured the USAID that the programme will continue with support from government and relevant non-governmental organisations.

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