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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Government of Ethiopia announced a remarkable achievement in the Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector as it met Target 10 of the MDG 7c  for access to drinking water supply.Yet, due to less access for improved water sources and sanitation facilities, the people of Sidama Zone suffered a lot and faced different water born diseases.



The Government of Ethiopia announced a remarkable achievement in the Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector as it met Target 10 of the MDG 7c  for access to drinking water supply. And also, the 2015 assessment report by the UNICEF/WHO Global Joint Monitoring Programme for Water and Sanitation (JMP) indicates that Ethiopia has met the target of 57 per cent[1] of the population using safe drinking water and has attained the target by halving the number of people without access to safe water since 1990. Yet the truth on the ground is different specially in case of Sidama.  According to IRC baseline KPC survey conducted in the Sidama Zone, only 7% of households reported using a latrine, whilst 93% percent practiced open defecation. There have been outbreaks of acute watery diarrhea in Sidama. The 2009-2011 Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan (EPRP) for SNNPR estimated that up to 65,260 people were affected by acute watery diarrhea. Moreover, due to less access for improved water sources and sanitation facilities, the people of Aroresa, Bensa, Bona Zuria and Chire woredas of Sidama Zone in SNNPR suffered a lot and faced different water born diseases. The distance for fetching water is far from the villages of most communities and students will take a responsibility to search for water. And due to long distance travel for searching water and due to different water born diseases, students drop out rate from class is very high and this become an obstacle for the students future.



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