The world toilet day (19 November) was created since 2001 to raise awareness on the struggle for proper sanitation faced by some 2.5 billion people in the world.We advocate for safe toilets and portable water supply as a way of bettering sanitation for the underprivileged.
We talk toilets, we work on toilet issues, we couch toilets constructions, and we provide education on toilet use and contribute to helping local communities own ventilated improved toilets ensuring proper sanitation and good health.
The PAEPA –MRU is a rural drinking water supply and sanitation project working in 19 council areas of the North and South West Regions of Cameroon. This goal of this project is to support Government efforts to increase access to drinking water and sanitation and strengthen the sector’s managerial capacity. The Drinking Water Supply and Sanitation project covers four regions in Cameroon with objectives of rehabilitation and construction of 285 six compartment ventilated pit toilets in schools and health centres, 1332 single compartment ventilated pit latrines in private homes with 2 gender sensitive toilet complexes in the North West and south west of Cameroon. COMINSUD works on this within its mission with councils and beneficiary communities to build capacities, follow up the construction, and ensure the desired quality of the water supply system and to enhance the sustainability of the system through participatory, effective and efficient management.
Previously beneficiary homes have used poorly constructed latrines with health and accident tendencies but today the situation has changed for better. In the North West 37 completed ventilated improved toilets stand tall in these homes and more still being constructed.
Funded by the African Development Bank Cameroon in partnership with the Cameroon Ministry of Energy and Water, and the Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV), this project is anticipated by 2015 to create positive attitude in respect to hygiene and health within beneficiary communities while reducing diseases that steam from lack of sanitation by 30%. Approximately 750,000 inhabitants with women making up 52 % are adopting improved latrines for their homes according to the Cameroon Ministry of Energy and Water Resources.
Working towards the realization of these toilets is our means of bringing change in the lives of some of the world’s less privileged people facing harsh health realities that come with lack of proper sanitation.