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Liberian Government, USAID complete hygiene program

By Augustine Myers

(mylbsonline.com/Liberia)-The Liberian Government and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) have completed the first phase of the Community-Led Total Sanitation Program in three counties.

A total of 61 communities in Bong, Lofa and Nimba Counties have been declared “Open Defecation Free (ODF)” after a meticulous process conducted by government, with support from USAID-funded Improved Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (I-WASH).

The project is jointly implemented by CHF International and Population Services International in the three counties.

The I-WASH Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) Project Manager, Elizabeth Geddeh, said: “120 communities in the three counties were triggered in February, 2013 and that 61 of them are the first batch to achieve ODF.”

According to her, the other communities are progressing toward ODF and are expected to be verified and certified by the end of September, 2013.

It is expected that a total of 100 communities, out of the 120 triggered, will achieve Open Defecation Free status.

The I-WASH CLTS Project Manager also noted: “The priority objective is to provide support to enhance and develop government’s capability of sustaining CLTS as the strategy for sanitation improvement in Liberia.”

Madam Geddeh added: “As part of this capacity development process, the  I-WASH Project has assisted government in establishing structures, processes and procedures for CLTS implementation at national and sub-national levels.

A total of 18 communities were certificated during both celebrations and all the communities received a set of sanitation tools.

Each set of tools comprises rakes, cutlasses, shovels, garden hoes, diggers, pingalins, wheelbarrows, tire pumps, sharpening files, and whippers.

 


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