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In the Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector in Ethiopia, a model water supply, sanitation and waste management system was launched on Saturday in Wukro town, Tigray Regional State of the East African country.

As part of the 36-million-U.S. dollars One WASH Plus program, the system integrates innovative and resilient solutions to provide WASH services to 73,000 people, including 35,000 children under the age of 15, residing in the town and its satellite villages, according to a statement from UNICEF Ethiopia later Saturday.

The One WASH Plus program, fully funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), is implemented by UNICEF in collaboration with the Ethiopian Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Electricity, regional sector bureaus, and the Water Resource Development Fund.

The program, which began in 2013, will benefit 250,000 people in eight small towns and surrounding rural villages in Amhara, Oromia, Somali and Tigray regions of Ethiopia with a total investment of some 36 million dollars by targeting communities living in towns and in peri-urban areas.

Stating that Ethiopia’s rapid urbanization and population growth has resulted in increased water stress, Negash Wagasho, Ethiopia’s State Minister of Water Irrigation and Electricity, said the Wukro project is an achievement of concerted efforts of relevant bodies, in inclusive WASH services.

Reiterating that the project is supplying vital water and sanitation services to the town and its surroundings, Christian Rogg, Head of DFID in Ethiopia, expressed hope that the progress in Wukro can serve as an example to be emulated on a national scale.”

The UNICEF Representative in Ethiopia, Gillian Mellsop, said the project was one of the greatest achievements of the One WASH Plus program and stands as a testament to the tremendous good that can be achieved when everyone pools their resources together towards one common purpose.

The One WASH Plus program also works with the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Urban Development and Construction, and respective Sector Regional Bureaus, as well as town administrations and town water supply and sewerage utilities. Enditem

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