The August edition of UMATA News, the regular newsletter about the GSF-supported programme in Tanzania, highlights recent activities in a programme, which is starting to show real momentum in terms of implementation.
Artisans and entrepreneurs participated in training exercises, with more than 80 people now ready to share what they have learnt and go on to train others how to build toilets and create opportunities for sanitation marketing.
Around 70 teachers from 30 different schools were trained in school sanitation and hygiene promotion including menstrual hygiene to help girls stay in school when they have their period. Teachers now better understand the national SWASH guideline and will go on to set up health clubs where information on good sanitation can be shared.
And village savings and loans associations have entered the digital age, with new on-line software which helps facilitate microcredit so that poor people can access the financial services they need to improve the sanitation in their home.
About the GSF-supported programme in Tanzania
The GSF-supported programme in Tanzania known as the Usafi wa Mazingira Tanzani (UMATA) was launched in January 2013 and aims to reach 1 million people living in open-defecation free environments by the end of the five-year programme. The Executing Agency is Plan Tanzania and the Programme Director is Nyanzobe Malimi.
When WASH practitioners understand the patterns and causes of slippage, they can devise innovative strategies to avoid it.
Global Sanitation Fund programmes are designed to incorporate gender considerations and equity dimensions.
Monitoring slippage should go beyond the numbers to truly understand behaviour change and community dynamics.