Lupachi achieves ODF status


Nine village heads in hard-to-reach area of Lupachi, T/A Kafuzira in Nkhotakota have received certificates for achieving Open Defecation Free (ODF) status.

Health Surveillance As­sistant for the area Lawrence Kaulimbo said the community approached Wildlife and Envi­ronmental Society of Malawi (Wesm) in 2011 to assist them on water and sanitation fol­lowing frequent water-borne diseases due to lack of safe water.

“We had only two function­ing boreholes serving 10,500 population which also had only 179 pit latrines but with­out covers and hand washing facilities.


“Currently, we have 19 boreholes and 1,786 out of 1,896 households in this area have toilets with covers and hand washing facilities. All four schools in this area also have ecosan toilets,” said Kaulimbo.

Wesm Dwangwa branch manager Ockens Chipeta said they decided to concentrate much on the nine village heads who are all under group head­man Katumbi to draw lessons to input into T/A level strategy.

“We’re excited with the re­sponse and we have noted that it will be possible to declare the whole T/A Kafuzira ODF by November this year,” said Chipeta.


He said they have managed to achieve the status because they worked with local lead­ers, health surveillance assis­tants and district coordination team on water, sanitation and hygiene.

“We have trained extension workers, artisans and area me­chanics on various water and sanitation aspects for the sus­tenance of the ODF status in the area,” he said.

T/A Kafuzira said she was glad that the area had achieved the status describing it as a sign that the area is geared to deal with water borne diseas­es.

“Any household without a toilet was fined one goat. We are hopeful that the whole of my area will achieve the status in November this year because we have intensified sensitiza­tion on the remaining part,” she said.

Currently, only T/A Mwadzama has achieved ODF status in Nkhotakota.—Mana

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