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Innovative Sanitation for Peri Urban Areas in Lusaka (2014-2016)

There is a urgent need for provision of water and sanitation services as basic human right and enforcement of relevant regulations that affecting the improvement peri-urban, settlements in Zambia, which requires to be improved for both the livelihood and the environment.

The overall objective of the project is to upscale the implementation and operationalise the recomendations from Zambia Sustainable Sanitation Improvement Project (2008-2013). This project was a six-year-long action oriented research project implemented by NECOS & Its international Partner Global Dry Toilet Association of Finland.

The project will promote equal access to clean water, better sanitation and safe environment for the targeted communities. For some time NECOS has been pioneering alternative methods of providing sanitation services in peri-urban areas taking into account the need to protect contamination of underground water and the environment in general. The project promotes the assertion that equality between women and men is fundamental to tackling poverty and promoting meaningful and lasting improvements in the quality of community life. The construction dry toilets is significantly expected to contribute to improved peri-urban areas, if intervention actions are taken. NECOS strives to raise the standard of living  and improved community health to reduce the environment and health risks and costs of public health.

The main beneficiaries of the project are the vulnerable people in the four 4 constituencies and 8 Wards with population estimated at 18,000 of the peri- urban residents.Project key activities include the construction of 150 Dry Toilets taking advantage of the achievement and experiences of the prior project, facilitating policy dialogue workshops, SMEs training & capacity building, School WASHE & Community Hygiene Promotion, stakeholder meetings as well as developing Materials & Ecosan user manuals. Raisin awareness on and promoting natural nutrient cycle is also a key element of the project.