Posted by: APO | 20 November 2007

UK PUMPS £75 MILLION INTO WATER AND SANITATION PROJECTS FOR ETHIOPIA

20 November 2007

 

 

 

UK PUMPS £75 MILLION INTO WATER AND SANITATION PROJECTS FOR ETHIOPIA

 

EMBARGOED: 00.01 WEDNESDAY 21 NOVEMBER

 

Coinciding with the launch of the UN International Year of Sanitation, UK Minister for International Development, Shriti Vadera, today announced a five year, £75 million Water, Sanitation and Hygiene project in Ethiopia, which will help 3.2 million people access clean water and basic sanitation.

 

Speaking from Addis Ababa, Shriti Vadera said:

 

“Over 38 million Ethiopians lack access to a safe and reliable water supply, and only one third of people in Ethiopia use latrines. Lack of clean water leads to disease and places a heavy burden on poor people, especially women and girls, who are expected to fetch and carry water.

 

“By making clean, safe water available, through the provision of cheap technologies and educating people about basic sanitation, thousands of lives will be saved. More girls will be able to go to school, as they will no longer be needed to spend hours fetching water, and fewer people will be made ill by the water they drink.

 

“This commitment will help to support the Ethiopian government’s National Water Supply and Hygiene programme and will pay for 7,000 water points, as well as protecting springs, boreholes and water pipes in 300 districts and 37 towns. It will also pay for skills development to improve the way water services are run and provide training for health extension workers and engineers.”

 

Ethiopia’s sanitation coverage and water consumption rates are among the lowest in the world, with almost half of the rural population having to travel 1-4 kilometres to their nearest water source. The Ethiopian government has placed water and sanitation at the top of its poverty reduction priorities, but Ethiopia is still off track for reaching the Millennium Development Goal target to halve the proportion of people currently without access to water and sanitation.


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