World vision has signed a five year memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the government under the ministry of water development, sanitation and environmental protection.
The memorandum of understanding aims at formulating health sector policies and priorities, provide clean drinking water, sanitation and hygiene to people across the country.
Speaking in an interview after the signing of the MOU, World Vision National Director Mr. John Hase and the Minister of Water development , sanitation and environmental protection Mr. Raphael Nakacinda said that the signing of the Memorandum of understanding (MOU) was a significant step in transforming the lives of the vulnerable people in Zambia.
Mr. Hase further said World Vision Zambia is committed in bettering the lives of the vulnerable through the provision of quality sustainable wash services, he also noted clean water is essential for hand washing and disinfection to prevent the spread of diseases such as cholera and Covid-19. Mr Hasse said World Vision is also focused on providing clean water and sanitation to every person in communities including the most vulnerable populations in the hardest to reach places. He also disclosed that healthcare facilities and schools will benefit from the project as they will be provided with dignified toilets and appropriate hand washing facilities.
Meanwhile Minister of Water Development, Sanitation and Environmental Protection Mr. Nakacinda said that the government will remain committed to ensuring that the Zambian people have access to clean safe drinking water and adequate sanitation services. He further disclosed that 3,000 boreholes will also be rehabilitated under the MOU, 1,500 new boreholes will be drilled and equipped with hand pumps while 330 boreholes will be constructed to support emergencies and strategic institutions and the MOU also planned that 50 piped water schemes will be constructed in addition a total of 30 piped water schemes will be rehabilitated. Therefore the minister has since assured the cooperating partners that the resources allocated towards the water sector will be utilized in a prudent and transparent, accountable and responsible manner.