On 24th July a celebration was held in Kafue’s Mupapa Village in Malundu Ward to celebrate the achievement of 1 million new sanitation users in Kafue District! Honourable Deputy Minister of Local Government and Housing, Nicholas Banda, presented a certificate of Open Defecation Free (ODF) status to Headman Shakatwa of Mupapa Village. At the event, 15-year old Catherine Isam expressed her joy at finally having a latrine that provided privacy, and how shameful it was before when she and members of her household practiced open defecation. She encouraged other villages to emulate Mupapa’s achievement.
This milestone event is part of the Zambian Ministry of Local Government and Housing, UKAID, UNICEF, WaterAid Zambia and Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia support for the 3 Million People Sanitation Programme that is promoting improvement in community-wide sanitation in rural Zambia. This Community-Led Total Sanitation approach provides awareness to promote the end of open defecation through the action of the community members constructing latrines and handwashing stations supplied with soap or ash to use before eating and after using the toilet. After appropriate sensitisation, the community itself must truly take the lead in this accomplishment to attain Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) status in order to reduce diarrhoeal disease and improve general well-being of the community.
Mupapa is a small village with 22 households and a population of 231. The effort towards attaining Open Defecation Free (ODF) status was triggered by a community champion in August 2013; the village claimed to be ODF by November 2013; and this was verified in March 2014. Community members were ecstatic to be recognized as a model village and chosen to host the celebrations. It was also an honour for CIDRZ as Mupapa Village is under CIDRZ’s coordination and care.