CRA Signing Ceremony of the SATREPS Project “Risk-based Participatory WASH Planning and Citizen-data WASH Statistics for African Peri-urban Settlements”
The signing ceremony was attended by Prof. Anne Lungowe Sikwibele, Acting Vice-Chancellor of the University of Zambia (UNZA), Prof. Imasiku A. Nyambe of UNZA’s IWRM Centre, Dr. HARARA Hidenori, Associate Professor of Kyoto University, Prof. YAHARA Tetsukazu, Research Director of the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) and about 50 other participants.
In Zambia, only 65% of the population has access to basic water and just 32% to sanitation services. Lack of adequate water and sanitation facilities, especially in peri-urban areas, leads to annual cholera outbreaks. Diarrhoeal symptom is a leading cause of death among young children and is a serious health hazard that should not be ignored.
In view of this situation, the Government of Japan has decided to provide a grant of approximately 2 million US dollars (approx. 300 million Japanese yen) over the next five years for the implementation of this project, which is expected to contribute to the improvement of water and sanitation services for communities by visualising diarrhoea risks in peri-urban areas.
During the ceremony, Ambassador Takeuchi expressed his confidence that these collective efforts between our top-tier universities will contribute to improvement of water and sanitation systems in Zambia and result in a healthier lifestyle for Zambians.
To read the speech by Ambassador Takeuchi, please click here.