The Liberia National Red Cross Society (LNRCS) Health and Care Department says it remains committed to enhancing water and sanitation facilities in vulnerable communities throughout the Country. According to LNRCS WASH monitor, Walka Davies, with financial and technical supports from the ICRC and the IFRC they are well position to addressing the water and sanitation needs of the vulnerable population. The LNRCS WASH monitor termed the water and sanitation program in 2011 as very successful given the level of achievements in the counties of operations.
Mr. Davis said the IFRC supported the construction of ten (10) latrines, two each and the rehabilitation of 50 wells, 10 each in five counties; Grand Bassa, Montserrado, Grand Cape Mount, Margibi, and Gbarpolu counties. He further disclosed the distribution of WATSAN clean-up toolkits, 50 set each, and spare toolkits, 50 set each, and the training of WATSAN committees in the five counties.
He said with support from the ICRC, the LNRCS rehabilitated 30 wells, repaired 90 wells and chlorinated 199 wells in Lofa, Rivercess, Grand Gedeh and River Gee Counties. He revealed that site supervisors were trained in pump maintenance, well rehabilitation and repair.
The LNRCS WASH monitor said the Red Cross conducted 200 house to house hygiene promotion dissemination sessions, and distributed 120 sets of clean-up tool kits in 120 communities in the four counties. The LNRCS 2011 WATSAN program benefited 25-thousand people in the Counties of operations.
He said under the West Africa Population Movement (WAPM) operations in Nimba County, 320 latrines and 8 wells were constructed, and 8 wells were rehabilitated in the county as a result of the influx of Ivorian refugees.