New hand-hygiene stations and sanitation blocks unveiled at Kenya and Tanzania borders
NAIROBI, KENYA (April 12, 2022)- WaterAid in partnership with KEWASNET and TAWASNET supported the construction of two ablution blocks, consisting of sanitation and handwashing facilities at Horo Horo and Lunga Lunga stations along Kenya- Tanzania border. KEWASNET implemented the project at the Lunga Lunga border point station while TAWASNET executed the Horo Horo border point station.
The projects were in response to the World Health Organization (WHO) declaration of coronavirus (COVID-19) as a pandemic was declared on March 11th, 2020. These projects ensure improved access to sanitation and hygiene services for users including neighbouring border communities and creates awareness on COVID-19 control by means of visual aids that are inbuilt on modern hand washing facilities. Other stakeholders in this collaboration include IOM, Ministries of Health, Tanzania Revenue Authority and Kenya Revenue Authority.
The official launch of the sanitation and handwashing facilities is scheduled on the 13th April, 2022 at the two construction sites from 9:00am- 1:00pm. Speaking ahead of the launch, Olutayo Bankole-Bolawole, WaterAid East Africa's Regional Director said:
"In an effort to improve WASH access at both Horohoro and Lungalunga borders, we constructed a modern one stop sanitation and hygiene block. The facilities are sensitive to consider female-friendly toilets and menstrual hygiene management, as well as the special needs of persons living with disabilities."
To instill WASH social behavior change at the borders, deliberate efforts will go towards sensitizing users including the truck drivers to access and utilize the improved hygiene and sanitation services.
WaterAid will also seek to use such WASH related interventions as an advocacy tool to reach out to governments and other sector stakeholders in the provision of improved and easily-accessible WASH services.
Contact information For more information, please contact: Elizabeth Mwambulukutu East Africa Regional Communications Manager- WaterAid [email protected]
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