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‘60% of Malawians don’t have toilets’

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Kondwani Nankhumwa

About 60 percent of Malawians lack access to toilet facilities, Water Services Association of Malawi (Wasama) has disclosed.

Wasama Executive Director, Dokani Ngwira, disclosed this on the sidelines of National Sanitation Conference held in Lilongwe Thursday.

Ngwira said the situation needs urgent attention for Malawi to deal with waterborne diseases.

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“There are two levels; basic sanitation, where you have a toilet and there we are at 40 percent. But improved sanitation, we are at 10 percent, meaning 90 percent of the population does not have access to improved sanitation by international standards,” he said.

Ngwira attributed the country’s slow progress in sanitation issues to a number of factors, including a culture of not discussing the issue of toilets in public.

National Sanitation Policy provides a goal of providing a forum through which players in the sanitation area can improve the country’s situation.

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In Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6.2, Malawi is required to achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and end open defecation, paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations by 2030.

Agriculture and Water Development Minister, Kondwani Nankhumwa, said there was need to find means of accelerating the progress towards achieving SGD target.

“As a country, we are experiencing a number of challenges in the sanitation sub sector which includes solid waste management, faecal sludge management not forgetting sector regulation.

“The six sub-themes of this conference have provided all stakeholders an opportunity to share experiences and of course, solutions to address some of these challenges,” Nankhumwa said.

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