The European Union is committed to improving the health status of the population in Koinadugu District through equitable water, sanitation and hygiene services to the amount of EUR 671.500 (Le4 billion). The EU contribution will consolidate decentralisation and also assist the government to achieve MDGs four – reduction of child mortality – and seven – economic sustainability.
The objective of the project, which will be implemented by Oxfam Great Britain in partnership with the Koinadugu District Council, is to improve health and health services for the people in the district and to ensure an effective and responsive water-sanitation-hygiene (WASH) sector, led by the government.
“The building-up of capacities for better service delivery and better access to water-sanitation services and improved hygiene is essential for improved health and will save lives. It is part of our commitment to help Sierra Leone achieve the Millennium Development Goals,” said Ambassador Peter Versteeg, Head of the EU Delegation.
More specifically, the project aims at increasing the voice and influence of communities, in particular women, in the development planning process for WASH services and to improve access to and completion of basic education for girls in Koinadugu District.
It should increase the capacity of Koinadugu citizens to claim their rights to basic services including access to water, sanitation and hygiene. It should also build the capacity of the Koinadugu District Council to plan, implement, and sustain progress in water-sanitation services and to improve hygiene behaviours.