The Kenya National WASH Coalition, which is coordinated by NETWAS International, is involved in an assessment to track the country’s achievement of the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target on sanitation. While the drinking water target looks to be met, sanitation is lagging. The rapid assessment of key actors in hygiene and sanitation thus reviewed what strategies were being employed by sector actors to accelerate the uptake of hygiene and sanitation. It also identified who is doing what in line with the Environmental Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion Policy.
Some of the major strategies adopted nationally include promotion of hygiene and sanitation through community-led total sanitation, and advocacy to encourage policy makers to raise budget allocations and promote partnerships for sanitation. The Kenya Environmental Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion Policy launched in October 2007 recognises that healthy and hygienic behaviour and practices begin with the individual.
Following the assessment, key challenges were identified, among them that the overall commitment to hygiene behaviour change is low and mainly on a small scale. When funds are available, priority is often given to infrastructure. Moreover, far too often, hygiene and sanitation are not a top priority for families with a limited budget. The assessment report identifies the level of preparedness to meet the MDG targets, the financing requirements and gaps, and how to ensure sustainability of WASH initiatives. For more information, contact Ms. Beth Karanja, WSSCC National Coordinator for Kenya, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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