Source: African Union (AU) |

More than 70 Regional Infrastructure Projects lined up for Second Phase of Program for Infrastructure Development Program (PIDA)

Energy, Transport, Trans-Boundary Water, and Information and Communications Technology (ICT) have been prioritized from a long list of over 240 projects

The Program for Infrastructure Development Program (PIDA) focal points drawn from African Union Member States, Regional Economic Communities, and continental institutions get together virtually for PIDA Continental Technical Validation Workshop. The workshop presented the process, outcome, and the draft priority list of projects for the second phase of the PIDA…

Source: African Development Bank Group (AfDB) |

COVID-19 stresses the need to transform Africa’s water, sanitation and hygiene services sector (By Osward M. Chanda)

The SWA Africa Region Finance Ministers’ Meeting held 4 November, highlighted a need for the continent’s Ministers of Finance to place more focus on and increase investments for water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)

By Osward M. Chanda Alarming headlines that announced the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic in Africa in March 2020 have given way to stories of chin-stroking scientists wondering about the reasons for the relatively mild impact – compared to other continents – which COVID-19 has had on Africa. More than…

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Source: African Development Bank Group (AfDB) |

Uganda: Sharp Decline in Cases of Typhoid Fever, Diarrhoea, in Capital, Thanks to Sanitation Project

Approximately 240 public sanitation facilities with hand-washing points have been built, as well as family facilities for landlords and tenants

For several years now, typhoid fever and diarrhoea cases have fallen significantly in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, especially in the major district of Kawempe, according to an African Development Bank ( report published on 7 October. Kawempe is an administrative subdivision that has developed rapidly, but water and sanitation infrastructure…

Source: South African Government |

Coronavirus - South Africa: Water and Sanitation raises awareness on hand washing and fighting Coronavirus COVID-19

Global Handwashing Day to Increase/ Consolidate Fight Against Coronavirus

The Global Hand Washing Day (GHWD) campaign which is celebrated annually across the globe on the 15 October, is this year, 2020, geared to intensify the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. In the Northern Cape, the Department of Water and Sanitation has scheduled a number of visits to schools and…

Source: African Development Bank Group (AfDB) |

Tanzania: Zanzibar's urban residents have improved access to water and sanitation with African Development Bank support, says report

Financed by a Bank loan in the amount of $19 million, the project was rolled out in Saateni and Welezo, two urban areas in the Zanzibar archipelago

The Zanzibar Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Project, implemented between 2012 and 2018 in Tanzania, has provided water and sanitation services to around 287,000 people, according to a report ( by the African Development Bank ( published on September 2, 2020. Financed by a Bank loan in the amount of…

Source: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) |

Coronavirus - Eritrea: The story of the simple innovative and cost-effective handwashing stand

Eritrea promotes workplace safety, hygiene and safe re-opening of Government offices and businesses during COVID-19

The National Confederation of Eritrean Workers (NCEW) has introduced simple and effective handwashing stands. This ensures workplace safety and wellbeing whilst also promoting local innovation and job creation in Eritrea. This initiative, of the National Confederation of Eritrean Workers (NCEW) in partnership with UNDP Eritrea, aims to provide support in…

Source: European Investment Bank (EIB) |

Agence Française de Développement (AFD), European Investment Bank (EIB), the European Union (EU) and Kenya join forces to improve access to water and sanitation in Kisumu

In Kenya’s third largest city Kisumu, the close proximity of Lake Victoria does not automatically ensure access to clean water for the 800,000 residents

On the sidelines of the visit to France of the President of the Republic of Kenya, H.E. Mr. Uhuru KENYATTA on October 2, financing agreements for the Lake Victoria Water and Sanitation Project (LVWATSAN), a project which aims to improve access to Water and Sanitation in Kisumu, were signed. The…

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Source: Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) |

West and Central Africa: Flooding Situation as of 25 September 2020

Floods also risk increasing incidence of water-borne diseases, impact hygiene and sanitation, and reduce the capacity to put in place effective preventative measures against COVID-19

SITUATION OVERVIEW As of 25 September, flooding has affected around 1.7 million people in West and Central Africa, with many regions recording excess rainfalls. The impact in 2020 is particularly severe, and the number of people affected exceeding last year’s totals, when floods affected 1.1 million people in 11 countries.…

Source: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) |

UNHCR assisting displaced families affected by floods in the Sahel

Across the region, infrastructure including medical facilities have been badly damaged, impacting national responses to COVID-19 and other illnesses such as malaria and measles

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is scaling up efforts to assist displaced families in Africa’s Sahel, among more than 700,000 people affected by devastating floods in the region. Dozens of people have died including a displaced pregnant mother and her teenage daughter. Thousands more are in immediate need of shelter,…

Source: International Rescue Committee |

Deadly malaria and cholera outbreaks grow amongst refugees as COVID pandemic strains health systems, warns International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Displaced and refugee families live together in small tents and makeshift homes and are confined together in small spaces without access to proper water, sanitation and hygiene

The International Rescue Committee is extremely concerned about the rise of infectious diseases alongside COVID-19. There is an increase in malaria and cholera cases compared to previous years due in part to COVID-related disruptions severely impeding diagnosis and treatment of the diseases, access to relief from floods as well as…