Potable water and sanitation to be provided to rural inhabitants of Mozambique

6 May 2010

Maputo, Mozambique, 6 May – A million rural inhabitants of Mozambique will be provided with sources of drinking water and a further 300,000 will be given access to sanitation this year, according to targets of the first implementation year of the National Rural Sanitation and Water Programme (Pronasar).

The Maputo-based daily Noticias reports that the Mozambican government signed on Wednesday a memorandum of understanding to implement Pronasar with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the Embassy of the Netherlands, the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

Figures released on the occasion indicate that in the first 2010-2013 phase the programme will cover districts in the provinces of Maputo, Gaza and Zambezia, and that it will consume nearly US$11 million just this year.

Pronasar is an instrument meant to help the country achieve the Millennium Development Goals for these two aspects, in so far as it will enable 70 percent of the population to have access to drinking water and 67 percent to benefit from sanitation conditions by 2015. (macauhub)