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Water and sanitation in Tanzania

In January, Concern Worldwide was awarded an EU grant for our work in Tanzania. This funding is specifically for our water and sanitation programme in the northwest of Tanzania.

Millennium Development Goals

The main objective of the programme is to help achieve the Millennium Development Goals relating to water and sanitation. These are incorporated in goals six and seven: "to halt and begin to reverse the incidence of malaria and other diseases" and "to reduce by half the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water."

We will also be able to achieve related goals to do with education, child and maternal health, reduction in diseases, and reduction in poverty. 

Unsafe water

The programme is crucial for Tanzania, where rural water supply is way behind the Millennium Development Goal target for 2015. Diarrhoea is a major problem for children under five, largely due to unsafe water and poor hygiene. Between a third and two thirds of people use unsafe water as their main source of drinking water, and up to half of all schools are not using safe water. 

Life-changing improvements

We are delighted that the EU are funding the continuation of the programme in Ngara and Biharamulo, and funding an extension to Kibondo District, which is around five hours’ drive south from Ngara. Sanitation in these districts will be improved significantly as we have many years of experience implementing water programmes. We have already made significant gains in two of the three districts. As part of the programme, we will be:

  • Constructing and rehabilitating water points
  • Supporting construction of improved latrines
  • Providing water to schools via rainwater harvesting tanks
  • Constructing latrine blocks that enable privacy, especially for girls

Equal rights

We are committed to equal rights in our development work. The rights to water, health, education, and gender equality will be the drivers of this programme. 

Read more

Read some of my previous blogs to see how we’ve improved the lives of Tanzanian people through our water and sanitation programmes: