Water is a scarce resource in southern Madagascar. With funds from the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), ADRA Madagascar through the project ZINA intervenes in the district of Ampanihy in the field of water, sanitation and hygiene. Diarrheal diseases are among the challenges facing the southern regions, and poor access to care further exacerbates the hardships of vulnerable households.

In order to help beneficiary households achieve food security and improved health status, the ZINA project accompanies its interventions in agriculture, resilience, health and nutrition, with the rehabilitation of water infrastructure. During 2017, the project rehabilitated and built twenty wells and pumps in five communes, benefiting about 7,000 people. By increasing access and improving the quality of water for human consumption, the project aims to address one of the pillars of health and nutrition while increasing community resilience to water-related diseases.

The rehabilitation of a water point must, however, go together with community mobilization to ensure sustainability of access. Thus, for each well rehabilitated or built, the project sets up a Village Water Point Committee to manage and maintain the infrastructure.

Knowing the importance of water for development, ADRA combines increase of access to drinking water with the promotion of hygiene and sanitation, and therefore reduces health risks and limits the need for care in beneficiary communities so that they can better focus on their development.

For the year 2018, the project plans to build or rehabilitate 27 additional wells and pumps.

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