City of Windhoek hosts sanitation workshop

01 Apr 2014 14:50pm
WINDHOEK, 01 APR (NAMPA) - The City of Windhoek is hosting a three-day community-led total sanitation (CLTS) workshop here.
It is aimed at finding an approach towards sustainable behavioural change, which will assist communities to recognise the problem of open defecation (OP), and take collective action to become open defecation-free (ODF) as an outcome of the CLTS.
Speaking here on Tuesday, Windhoek deputy mayor Muesee Kazapua said CLTS focuses on changing sanitation and hygienic behaviour, which should be Namibia's responsibility to achieve ODF status.
He said the implementation of CLTS will face challenges as it is a new approach, but all stakeholders in the sector should hold hands and move on for the benefit of the nations in need of the improved sanitation facilities and knowledge on the best hygienic practices.
“The CLTS came at a time when cases of cholera have been recorded in Windhoek and some regions. Hence, the hosting of the CLTS regional workshop will add value to cholera intervention planning,” Kazapua noted.
The workshop commenced today, and is aimed at building consensus amongst experts to scale-up sanitation coverage and promote sustainable hygienic behavioural change in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region.
It is being attended by representatives from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), traditional authorities, non-governmental organisations, the private sector and SADC member states.
Participants will be given the opportunity to share experiences on the importance and implementation of CLTS.