DC engages WASH stakeholders to achieve ODF

Ntchisi, Ntchisi District Commissioner (DC) on Wednesday engaged all Non-Governmental Organisations in Water and Sanitation Health (WASH) projects in the district, to strategize on how the district would achieve its ambition of being declared Open Defecation Free (ODF) by December 2017.

We invited all partners who are implementing Community and School Led Total Sanitation projects to discuss ways of achieving our goal on water and sanitation including making our whole district Open Defecation Free by end this year, DC for Ntchisi, Malango Bottoman in an interview with the Malawi News Agency (Mana) after the meeting.

She said the district through all Tradition Authorities (TAs) set December as the deadline for the district to be ODF hence a need to bang heads with all WASH partners to see if there was progress in the communities.

For district to achieve this we needed support and total collaboration with all stakeholders. The NGOS are at the ground ensuring that communities adhere to all best health practices so there’s a need to hear from them if we were moving towards the right direction, Bottoman said.

The District’s WASH Coordinator James Mtonga,said he was optimistic that by end of year 2017, the whole district would be declared ODF as already four of the seven TAs were declared ODF.

We are remaining with only three TAs for us to achieve our goal. The meeting with our partners will help us improve on the identified gaps. From here, we will massively conduct monitoring and supervision visits into the communities to ensure they are working towards realizing our goal, he pointed out.

The Coordinator applauded the support that the partners were rendering to government sectors in implementation of different activities of development.

As government sectors we may have the capacity but we lack support from our partners. We thank them for being cooperative when we jointly implement various activities in the communities, he said.

TAs Chikho, Kasakula, Vusojere and Chilooko were declared ODF remaining with Malenga, Nthondo and Kalumo.

The district has World Vision, Care, World Food Programme, World Relief, and few others as partners implementing WASH programs in the district.

Source: Malawi News Agency � MANA