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Bringing water and sanitation to Kechene slum, Ethiopia

Amref Health Africa’s project in Kechene, funded by three of Amref Health Africa’s corporate partners, Diageo, Euromoney, and Opal Foundation, aims to improve the health status of communities living within the Kechene slum by improving the access to water and sanitation facilities.

Ethiopia is one of the poorest countries in the world, ranked 170 out of 177 countries using the UN’s Human Development Index. While images of rural poverty in the country are common, little attention is paid to the increasing number of people who live in urban slums.
Kechene slum in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa is home to nearly 300,000 people and has high levels of poverty, poor housing and illiteracy. Sanitation is a particular problem as just 15% of residents have access to clean drinking water. This leads to the spread of diseases such as cholera, typhoid and childhood diarrhoea – one of the leading causes of child deaths. With good sanitation and consistent access to healthy drinking water these conditions are easily preventable.
The Project aims to:
  • Increase access to water and sanitation facilities by 20% in Kechene
  • Enable at least 80% of the community to manage and maintain sanitation and water facilities by the end of the project
  • Increase the communities’ knowledge, attitude and practices on personal, family and environmental hygiene and sanitation
By working in partnership with local authorities, Amref Health Africa  will ensure the safety of the water sources already in place, as well as installing essential infrastructure such as sanitation kiosks (showers, latrines, water points) and Water and Sanitation committees to manage these facilities.
Key achievements so far:
  • 2 springs have been rehabilitated providing 3,900 people with a safe, clean water supply
  • 5 sanitation kiosks and 4 shower units have been installed
  • 11 Water and Sanitation committees have been set up
  • 11, 458 people have been reached through community education, mobilisation and campaign activities
The Ministry of Health has requested that the model be used in the remaining districts of Kechene and used as a catalyst for authorities, local communities and other NGOs.

For more information about our work in Kechene, take a look at this video.