Our Programmes: UNICEF WASH

An estimated 4.8 million Zambians live without access to clean water and 6.6 million lack access to sanitation – obstacles that increase the prevalence of diarrhoea and waterborne diseases and in turn, stunting, malnutrition and cholera (citation). 

UNICEF Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Zambia, implemented in 2011, aims to contribute to increasing capacities for the implementation of sanitation and hygiene programmes within target districts, particularly in rural areas, and in schools and health institutions.

The goal of the Afya Mzuri, as a sub grantee, is to work with the Government of Zambia, with support from UNICEF, to strengthen and increase collaboration and participation in the WASH programmes at district and community level through the implementation of Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS). Afya Mzuri will operate in 5 districts for CLTS: Lufwanyama, Masaiti and Mpongwe in the Copperbelt Province and Kasempa and Mufumbwe in the Northwestern Province.

Major project outcomes in the targeted districts include:

  • Increased capacity of local authorities in engaging communities to participate in interventions promoting improved access to safe water supply, sanitation and improved hygiene practices in 5 districts.
  •  165,503 community members have improved access to sanitation and hygiene facilities and have their own household latrine;
  • 28,000 school children in 40 schools among most vulnerable reach the interim school WASH standard
  • 14,000 additional school children in 20 schools are introduced to and adopt School Led total sanitation.

To find out more about UNICEF and its programmes in Zambia, please visit www.unicef.org/zambia