Access to water in rural areas in Tanzania increased from 40.4% in 2007 to 47.9% in 2010, mainly as a result of improved investments and strong donor support to the sector. However, over half of the rural population still lacks access to clean water. This situation could be strongly improved, if sustainability of newly constructed water facilities would be taken into consideration. Currently, already 25 % of publicly improved water points are non-functional, just two years after installation.
Poor water and sanitation situation significantly hampers educational performance. In 2011, just 9% of schools in the country had clean toilets, with only 11% of schools having sufficient latrines to serve all pupils. Some 45 % of schools do not have water on or near the compound and only 14 % of schools have handwashing facilities. Girls are particularly affected by these poor facilities.
To contribute to improving this situation, SNV support focusses mainly on increased functionality of water and sanitation facilities in rural communities, and in schools. We work with local government and communities to jointly improve sustainability of rural water points and school water, sanitation and hygiene facilities. In addition, we support national Ministries to formulate a harmonised approach and effective interaction with authorities at regional and district level. We also support communities and local governments to establish mutual accountability relations for quality and reliable service delivery.
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