Sanitation : Fonds SUEZ initiatives projects in Africa
On World Water Day, discover some of the work carried out by the Fonds SUEZ initiatives – including three sanitation projects in three African countries: Sudan, Burkina Faso and Senegal.
AMREF Health Schools
In 2012, the African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF), the leading public health NGO in Africa, launched the Health Schools programme. This programme was put in place following discussions with the Senegalese Ministry for Health and Education.
This programme aims to improve the health and nutritional status of children at 13 of 41 priority schools across the country. The ultimate aim is to ensure that these children receive a good education.
The project focuses on technical aspects, educational aspects and access to healthcare. It offers a range of services, including:
- sanitation and water infrastructure;
- prevention services and school consultations;
- educational activities and games on best practices in terms of health, nutrition and the environment.
Bolstered by the success of this programme, AMREF has decided to seek technical expertise from Aquassistance to extend its scope to communities rather than limiting itself to schools. The project, supported by the Fonds SUEZ initiatives, covers three villages in the department of Goudiry. This area has three schools for 2,800 residents.
Charitable organisation Triangle Génération Humanitaire (TGH) began its work in Darfur (Sudan) in 2004, one year after the start of the conflict.
It chose to take its work outside of major cities and humanitarian routes, focusing on the remote areas of Bindizi, Mukjar and Um Dukhun.
As part of this work, TGH runs a project designed to strengthen the technical, organisational and teaching skills of:
- 12 officers from the Department of Water and Sanitation;
- 120 members of the newly created Water Committees (CGEs), 40% of whom are women.
Ultimately, this programme will benefit the region's 91,000 residents.
Supporting Action Against Hunger's project in Ouagadougou
The Fonds SUEZ is supporting Action Against Hunger (AAH) with its 'Supporting local government with an integrated management project for eco-friendly sanitation' project. This project is in place in poor areas of five suburban areas of Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso).
The emergence of small local businesses working in the sanitation sector is being used to develop and strengthen the service.
The programme includes:
- building 850 improved latrines in schools and health centres and constructing 800 showers with sumps, a process in which local authorities are actively involved;
- identifying, training and developing an eco-friendly sanitation sector involving 300 small local businesses
- encouraging hygiene and promoting the services to 22,500 people