The National Sanitation and Hygiene Technical Committee, an Inter-ministerial and WASH agency chaired by the Ministry of Health and has declared two Traditional Authorities of Kamenyagwaza and Chilikumwendo in Dedza district as Open Defecation Free (ODF) following a verification exercise they carried out.
Together with stakeholders from the National Sanitation and Hygiene Technical Committee, the team randomly sampled houses around the two T/As to confirm availability of latrines and hand washing facilities which are in use according to the report from the District Coordination Team (DCT) to confirm the two T/As.
The DCT on Sanitation carried out the verification of 25, 536 households in the two T/As to confirm the ODF status as such the national team needed to be engaged in declaring the ODF status, said Mr Anderson Bottoman the WASH Coordinator for Dedza district.
DAPP Malawi is implementing a yearlong Child Aid project in the two T/As of Kamanyagwaza and Kaphuka in Dedza district from January to December 2020.
The aim of the project was to move the two T/As to ODF status while working together with the communities to identify solutions to issues that affect their day to day lives.
Currently, the project is in the process of mobilizing communities to establish tree nurseries which will be planted in the rainy season as one way of fighting global warming and so far, 25 tree nurseries has been established.
The Child Aid project build on the idea that communities should work together to identify problems of mutual interest and with locally available resources come up with solutions.
The project focuses on WASH, climate change and smart agriculture, nutrition and health and education among others in order to create conducive environments where families can raise their children.