Thursday, 22 November, 2018
Amref Health Africa in Kenya joined the world in commemorating the World Toilet Day at Kaptembwo Primary School, celebrating 12 urban villages that have attained Open Defecation Free (ODF) status in Nakuru West sub-county. The 12 are the first urban villages to become ODF in Kenya. The celebrations were presided over by Dr Zakayo Gichuki, Nakuru County Executive Committee Member for Health, and Amref Health Africa in Kenya Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) & Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) Programme Director, Eng. Peter Waka.
Through the Nakuru Urban Sanitation project, Amref Health Africa in Kenya has been implementing Urban Community-Led Total Sanitation (UCLTS) with the following commendable achievements:
School Health Program
Improved Health Outcomes in Nakuru West
According to WSP estimates, Nakuru County loses approximately Kshs. 978 million (US $ 9.78 M) each year due to poor sanitation related conditions. By contributing to the 19% decrease in diarrhea cases in the county, it can be estimated that sanitation improvement in Nakuru West has saved the county a total of Kshs 185.82 (US $ 1.85) Million between 2015 and 2017.
As pioneers of urban CLTS in the country, Amref Health Africa has in collaboration with the county government, developed draft UCLTS protocols for monitoring, verification and third party certification of villages/hamlets in the urban context. The protocol has been reviewed and revised by WASH technical experts at county and national levels and the process of adoption as national guidelines for urban CLTS has commenced.