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President's Executive Summary

Executive Summary:

 

Over the years, the lack of access to safe drinking water in most of the Sub-Saharan African countries has improved but the situation still remains at a crucial level and the need for immediate assistance is critical. Sub-Saharan Africa represents most of the world's poorest countries with in many instances almost 86 per cent of people are living below the poverty line.

 

In a meeting of the minds with the President of the Republic of Malawi, Her Excellency Joyce Banda and the Senior Gender Officer/ Women in Business Specialist for COMESA, Katherine Ichoya discussions centered around the complex mix of climatic, economic and social issues has left millions of people without adequate food and water.

 

Additionally and as part of the discussion and recognized need for actions,  sharply reduced crop yields and cereal harvests due to prolonged dry spells has affected over half of the people  leaving millions of people in need of emergency aid.

 

Priority actions include:

 

  • Constructing new water points and rehabilitating boreholes and wells in the 18 most affected districts in the eastern, southern and western provinces. UNICEF will bring in water where needed to prevent waterborne disease outbreaks and mitigate the effects of drought.
  • Providing jerry cans and water purification tablets to the affected population. Hygiene and health education campaigns will also be carried out.
  •   Addressing the nutritional needs of the affected population, especially children, by providing therapeutic feeding to children, and vitamin and mineral supplements to women of child-bearing age. These interventions will benefit some 50,000 children and their caregivers.
  • Supporting the rehabilitation of severely malnourished children through the training and capacity building of government institutions and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
  • Working with the Ministry of Health, WFP, WHO and partner NGOs to establish a nutrition surveillance system to monitor the affected population and use the collected information to better target food and other assistance.
  • Supporting the Ministry of Education and other partners to ensure that children affected by the current crisis continue to go to school. UNICEF plans to improve water and sanitation facilities and collaborate with the World Food Programme (WFP) to support community-based school feeding programmes. These interventions will benefit close to 160,000 children, including 90,000 girls.
  • Children are particularly vulnerable to abuse and exploitation during emergencies. Special attention will be paid to maintaining schools, assuring safe places for children and preventing the erosion of hard-won gains in education.

 

The Safe Water Access and Training Consultants team will use “Safe Water Best Practices” coupled with GIS and ICT technologies to locate and provide access to safe drinking water and training for point of use water treatment in the Republic of Zambia.

 

GIS mapping will provide knowledge of the health concerns to address illnesses, deaths, trending and strategic planning for healthcare resource deployment. Worldwide four thousand children die every day from diseases caused by bad water and sanitation.

 

Our team represents experts in public health, ICT, patient record security, ecosystem science, and education.

 

 GIS as a tool will monitor, track and map safe drinking water sites, treatments, the spread of diseases and improvements/ cures associated with waterborne and infectious diseases.  

 

We will track health improvements using data and GIS-based Telehealth technologies.  Emphasis is placed on (a) integrating local, regional and national observations into a coherent information framework.  Health improvement results be available over the Internet.