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WaterAID Zambia to aid maternal, child health

SHIKANDA KAWANGA, Lusaka
WATERAID Zambia will in the next two years spend US$4.8 million for the development of maternal and child health through the improvement of sanitation facilities in rural health centres of Kazungula, Samfya, Mwense and Monze districts.
WaterAid country director Pamela Chisanga said the project will also encompass the improvement of water and sanitation in schools.
“This project started two years ago but was only for schools. We are adding a component of health, we have realised that the rural health centres lack water and sanitation facilities especially for maternity wards,” she said.
Ms Chisanga said the project will benefit 135 rural health centres, and that the organisation will continue mobilising more funds to ensure that the target is met.
She said part of the funds will go towards improving some maternity wards in selected rural health centres.
“In most rural areas the maternity wards do not have water and proper toilets or wash rooms, so that will be prioritised and we will put up those facilities,” she said.
Ms Chisanga said the first project will involve putting up a proper maternity ward and sanitation facilities at a rural health centre in Kazungula.
“The first one we are starting with is at a place called Simango in Kazungula district where there is no proper maternity ward. Currently the health centre uses an improvised room as a maternity wing,” she said.

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