Improved Rural Sanitation: Success and Next Journey

by Mom Chantara Soleil

Promoting lasting access to latrine use and personal hygiene demands not only the hard work of the local authorities, but also convinced acceptance of its long-term gains by the locals, usually those stricken by poverty.

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With this in mind, Plan International Cambodia and partners in collaboration with Ministry of Rural Development have been organizing series of disseminations and consultations with concerned parties at both national and sub-national levels in order to tap lessons learned from previous interventions.

The results from the gatherings will revitalize rural sanitation improvement interventions financed by the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council and the Global Sanitation Fund in five more provinces, namely Kampot, Prey Veng, Kampong Chhnang, Kampong Thom, and Kratie with bad need for proper sanitation.

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About two and a half decades ago, only 11% of rural Cambodians had access to improved sanitation, simply put the use of household latrine, handwashing and other personal hygiene.

To date, more than 50% of the rural population are benefiting from the adoption of affordable household latrine use as well as personal hygiene.

More work in particular that is built on past success, nevertheless, needs to be done as the Royal Government of Cambodia is ambitious to ensure 60% of rural Cambodians have access to improved sanitation by 2018 and 100% by 2025.

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According to Rural Development Secretary of State H.E. Try Meng, the ministry this year has endorsed the Rural Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene action plan to further grease the business up to its full speed.

With continuing momentum of good work and clear direction, Plan International Cambodia, partners and government counterparts are optimistic about the next journey.

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