The project is targeting Mzuzu city and Karonga town, located in the northern region of Malawi. Karonga town is growing very fast with 70,000 residents. Although it is located on the shores of Lake Malawi, a fresh water lake, water supply was a great challenge because the existing system had major technical challenges. This programme has improved the water supply in the town, up to 18km of new pipe network has been laid to supply peri urban communities while old pipes have been rehabilitated to reduce leakages.

“This school did not have functional toilets and many girls were not coming to school. The new toilets will improve hygiene and improve girls’ attendance in school”

Mrs F.K Msiska, Kaning’ina School in Mzuzu.

people including 30,000 school children have access to safe and potable water
new water kiosks and 10 rehabilitated kiosks has provided water access to the unserved communities
schools connected to piped water which is now used for cooking school porridge, drinking, washing of school feeding utensils and handwashing.

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Leaving no one and no place behind

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In the last 15 years, we have developed tools to assist policymakers and practitioners to develop strategies for implementing the human right to water and sanitation. These include a publication of a Manual on the Right to Water and Sanitation (…) with the Centre for Human Rights and Evictions (COHRE) and other partners, a Fact Sheet on the Right to Water and Sanitation

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The programme has involved women from project conceptualization to implementation. Beneficiaries are women, children, men, and youth. The Project has provided male and female toilets at this hospital

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Design for sanitation facilities are child-friendly, Youth has taken a prominent role in participating in by working as casuals in the project implementation where physical works are involved.

A total of 24 school toilet blocks with handwashing and facilities for children with physical disabilities have been constructed across 11 schools catering for boys and girls and in the case of Mzuzu schools for teaching staff as well.

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Sustainable urban development can only be achieved if persons with disabilities are included meaningfully in decision-making and are able to access their rights. UN-Habitat partners with representative groups and individual rights holders, as well as national and local governments, relevant UN bodies and civil society to maximize impact and to meaningfully ensure that the rights including accessibility and universal design of persons with disabilities are promoted, respected and protected. 

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Donors and partners

UN-Habitat worked closely with the Northern Region Water Board as an implementing partner of the water component of the project and with the Centre for Community Organisation and Development (CCODE) for the sanitation and hygiene component. Mzuzu University’s Test and Training Centre for Renewable Energy Technologies were subcontracted by CCODE for the installation of the biogas plants in the schools. The project also worked very closely with the Mzuzu City Council and the Karonga District Council.

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