EU/IOM project builds more Sanitation facilities in West Nile

February 12, 2018


Funded by European Union Humanitarian Aid, IOM has launched a fresh round of construction of Sanitation facilities for refugees and host communities in Moyo and Yumbe districts.

The sites for the facilities were last week handed over to the contractors in the presence of Government and local leaders, beneficiaries and development partners.

This is the latest development in the ongoing project for Water Sanitation and Hygiene Service Delivery for South Sudanese Refugees and Host Communities, being implemented by IOM in Moyo and Yumbe districts. The project is funded by   EU Humanitarian Aid, a leading global donor for WASH services in humanitarian emergencies.

Facilities being built include:

  • 16 blocks of institutional latrines (each with 5 stances) for hospitals and health centres.
  • 6 blocks of latrines (each with 2 stances) for institutional staff.
  • 5 garbage collection sites.
  • 6 bath shelters
  • 4 cattle troughs
  • 8 laundry decks

To support and improve access to safe water, the European Union and IOM have also been training 20 hand pump mechanics in Moyo. The training was conducted by the Arau-based Technical Support Unit 1 of the ministry of Water and Environment, and the Moyo District Water Officer. The mechnics will help maintain boreholes, both existing and upcoming. Boreholes are a major source of water in the region, but communities struggle when they break down.

In the neighbouring Yumbe district, among other facilities, the EU and IOM are undertaking a major piped water system to supply Zone 4 of Bidibidi settlement, and Moyo’s Palorinya settlement will also get a piped water system. Last December, the project handed over the first round of sanitation facilities in Moyo.