Improving water and nutrition lays groundwork for a better future in Ethiopian villages, a feature story on Unicef Ethiopia website shows.
The story indicates how the construction of water points in villages in Amhara region avoided long hour trekking of girls to fetch water, thereby helped their school attendance.
The construction of water point has helped increase the village's water and sanitation coverage to 60 per cent, an innovative community-based ownership and maintenance scheme has also been effective. WASH communities - groups of five people who oversee maintenance and security of water facilities - have been elected by residents in Amari Yewabesh and other nearby villages.
"Today, nearly two out of three people in our district have access to clean water," says Balew Yebel, Machakel district's water office head. "In two years, we want to expand that to 100 per cent, and I am confident that with the support of donors like the EU and UNICEF, and the involvement of the community, we can achieve that."
The programme's impact doesn't end at the water point. Thanks to EU support, a community-based nutrition programme in the Machakel district is helping save the lives of young children and reducing cases of malnutrition.
Health extension workers, who make up part of the 38,000 government-salaried health service personnel, are a vital link to remote areas such as this one. They provide daily nutrition interventions and health-related behavioural change counseling and services to millions across the country.
Source: Unicef site withlink below