Kenya uses web-based monitoring system to fix poor sanitation

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Kenya’s health ministry has established a Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) hub as a mechanism to coordinate activities in rural areas to address poor sanitation, an official said Friday.

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James Mwitari, Deputy Director of Public Health, said the technology will help facilitate acceleration of the Open Defecation Free (ODF) campaign roadmap implementation.

“The system is set to help us know the number of villages that are ODF, number of households with toilets and number of households with hand-washing facilities,” he said.

Mwitari said a pilot program in Siaya and Kitui had proved successful. It will now roll out to the remaining 45 counties in a couple of weeks.

The web-based monitoring, evaluation and reporting system is set to aid the ministry in capturing data on CLTS implementation and processing of the data to generate real-time reports for decision making.

“It will help us in detecting cholera outbreak faster, link outbreak with hand washing or lack of toilet and the information will be available on the ministry website,” he added.

The government has initiated the ODF Rural Kenya Campaign in May 2011 and adopted CLTS as the core strategy to achieve the objectives of Open Defecation Free Rural Kenya.

Some 39 of 47 counties in the country are now using the CLTS approach to improve access to sanitation, and over 1,486 CLTS facilitators have been trained. Enditem

Source: Peter Mutai, Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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