Global Sanitation Fund support launches in Kenya

Date: 14th February 2015

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A new Global Sanitation Fund-supported programme was launched in Kenya on 9 February 2015. AMREF Kenya, the Executing Agency will manage the $5 million contract. The Kenya Sanitation and Hygiene Improvement Programme (K-SHIP) is a five year programme aiming to reach 1.92 million Kenyans.

The GSF-supported programme targets communities living in 11 sub-counties in the West and South of Kenya where up to 70 percent of the population defecates in the open.

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From left to right: Honourable James Macharia, Health Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Health, Kenya; Dr Lennie Kyomuhangi-Igbodipe, Interim CEO, Amref Health Africa International; Kepha Ombacho, Director of Public Health, Ministry of Health, Kenya; David Shimkus, Programme Director, GSF; Dr Meshack Ndirangu, Country Director, AMREF Kenya; Mr. Shivanarain Singh – UNICEF WASH Program Officer UNICEF

At the launch in Nairobi, Kenya’s Cabinet Health Secretary, Hon. James Machaira said the programme contributes to the national goal of achieving an open defecation-free Kenya by 2020. The Kenyan Government through the Ministry of Health will support K-SHIP with policy guidance.

AMREF’ Kenya’s Acting Country Director, Dr Meshack Ndirangu said, “Through implementing partner NGOs, AMREF  Kenya will have the objective of moving 755,400 people from open defecation to using basic latrines, help more than 200 villages to be certified open defecation free, and move a further 377,700 people from basic latrines to improved sanitation facilities.

The programme also aims to improve the capacity of 500 officers from the government and private sector.

The Global Sanitation Fund’s Programme Director David Shimkus praised the efforts of WSSCC’s National WASH Coordinator Tobias Omufwoko for his role in ensuring that equity of access to sanitation is featured in the Country Programme Proposal.

Mr Shimkus referred to WSSCC’s mandate of promoting the basic human right to dignity, which includes having a clean, safe place to defecate, especially for those in hard-to-reach communities. This applies to all people, regardless of gender, age or disability. The GSF programme in Kenya will identify and provide sanitation access to 55,000 vulnerable people.

Mr Shimkus said, “The financing available through the Global Sanitation Fund is creating a massive movement of people dedicated to ending open defecation, not only in these targeted areas of Kenya. Our aim is for this programme to inspire other communities to follow suit, for the work to be taken up across the Republic of Kenya, to achieve a nation free of open defecation.”

The Global Sanitation Fund now supports 12 national sanitation programmes in Africa and Asia.

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