|Sanitation and Hygiene|
Meeting the Sanitation, Hygiene and Water MDG Targets
While delivery of new services is a major focus of this theme, the effective management of existing services is equally important, as water services in many parts of Africa provide interrupted supplies of poor quality water, and water and sewage treatment works are poorly maintained and operated. The latter has impacts both on the quality of water provided, but also on pollution of water resources.
In this regard, while there is a strong focus on the delivery of water and sanitation infrastructure, equally critical is the promotion of good hygiene practices, ensuring sustainable funding for operation and maintenance of services, and capacity building and training in the operation and maintenance of services.
Other areas that are critical are ensuring that there are appropriate pricing and tariff policies in place to support sustainable operation and maintenance of services, and that the types of services provided are financial sustainable in the long-term.