The European Union (EU) has announced that it will support Malawi with K1 billion (about $3.8m) in its efforts to reach the water and sanitation Millennium Development Goal (MDG).
The new programme will be focused on the most vulnerable population in 15 districts and towns, who have limited access to water and sanitation.
In a statement the EU says the money will help to build 500 new water points, water and sanitation facilities in 50 health centres, promote hygiene in schools and train local committees to manage the water infrastructure themselves.
“The programme, which will receive a total amount of K16 billion is co-financed with Unicef,” says the statement.
Malawi has already made an impressive effort to achieve the MDG on access to water and sanitation; showing an overall increase in access to safe water, from 41 percent in 1990 to 83 percent in 2010, and from 39 percent in 1990 to 70 percent in 2010 in basic sanitation, adds the statement.
Recently, President Joyce Banda launched the Malosa – Nsanama – Nkando – Ntaja Water Supply Initiative under the Town and Market Centres Water Supply and Sanitation Project in Zomba District.