Ven­ture to bring wa­ter and san­i­ta­tion

The Star Early Edition - - INTERNATIONAL - Chris­tine La­gat

AFRICA’S health char­ity, Am­ref Health Africa and the Coca Cola Africa Foun­da­tion have an­nounced a joint ven­ture to pro­mote ac­cess to clean wa­ter and san­i­ta­tion in Kenya, Uganda, Tan­za­nia and Ethiopia.

Ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease re­ceived on Satur­day, Coca Cola Africa Foun­da­tion said it will pro­vide US $4.2 mil­lion (R54.24m) to help the Nairobi-based Am­ref Health Africa im­ple­ment projects that en­hances ac­cess to safe drink­ing wa­ter and ba­sic san­i­ta­tion to an es­ti­mated 500 000 peo­ple in the four coun­tries.

Kenya’s prin­ci­pal sec­re­tary in the state Depart­ment of Wa­ter Ser­vices, Fred Se­gor hailed the new part­ner­ship say­ing it will have pos­i­tive health and eco­nomic out­comes on lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties in the re­gion.

“Gov­ern­ments in this re­gion are keen to join al­liances with char­ity groups to tackle an en­demic wa­ter and san­i­ta­tion cri­sis that un­der­mines sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment,” Se­gor said.

Mil­lions ben­e­fit

He noted that un­der-served com­mu­ni­ties in Kenya’s arid re­gions and ur­ban slums will ben­e­fit from the novel pro­gramme to ex­pand ac­cess to clean wa­ter and san­i­ta­tion.

The Coca Cola Africa Foun­da­tion has es­tab­lished a longterm part­ner­ship with Am­ref Health Africa to ad­dress wa­ter, san­i­ta­tion and hy­giene chal­lenges on the con­ti­nent through the flag­ship Re­plen­ish Africa Ini­tia­tive (Rain).

Ac­cord­ing to the pres­i­dent of Coca Cola Africa Foun­da­tion, Su­san Mboya, this ini­tia­tive aims to reach six mil­lion peo­ple with clean wa­ter and im­proved san­i­ta­tion in the world’s sec­ond largest con­ti­nent.

“We recog­nise the ur­gency to help lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties in this re­gion ac­cess safe drink­ing wa­ter and mod­ern san­i­ta­tion in order to en­sure they are healthy and pro­duc­tive,” Mboya said.

Char­ity or­gan­i­sa­tions have es­tab­lished strate­gic al­liances with gov­ern­ments and in­dus­try to tackle poverty, wa­ter in­se­cu­rity, dis­eases and eco­log­i­cal de­ple­tion which have es­ca­lated in a huge swathe of east and horn of Africa re­gion. – Xin­hua

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