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DRC : Wash-upcoming activities at Caritas network level

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Kinshasa, 30 April 2014 (caritasdev.cd): The Wash Program at Caritas Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) provided shortly activities at national and provincial level, according to its National Coordinator, Mr. Dieudonné BANZA, who gave information to caritasdev.cd in the above date.
At the national level among these activities is the next of consolidating at Caritas Congo Wash the national network. The Wash (water and sanitation) is a national program of the Ministry of Health implemented by the Directorate 9 and coordinated by Dr.
Benjamin MYVAR, reports caritasdev.cd Other activities to be undertaken shortly by the Wash Programme at national level are: taking an inventory of the Wash in dioceses and will enable an analysis of programmatic risks, technical, financial and logistical; strengthen the technical capacity Wash dioceses. These dioceses, 13 in number, are those who participated in the national workshop of ownership of the schools strategy and sanitized villages workshop from 27 to 30 January 2014 Home Caritas Centre in Kinshasa. The number of dioceses will evolve progressively. These are Kisangani Isangi Lisala, Kikwit, Kenge, Inongo, Bukavu, Mbujimayi, Kananga, Luiza, Kalemie-Kirungu Kongolo and Wamba.

In the context of the prevention

Soon, the Wash program also intends to much emphasis on the dissemination of Wash messages in the context of prevention, using channels that are at the church to pass these messages to the population.

Construction, prevention, mobilization and capacity building

At the provincial level, the Wash Programme, regarding the Caritas network, will ensure the construction works Wash (sources, latrines, wells ...) and prevention of waterborne diseases with the sanitation component. It will engage in mobilizing the population for behavior change to water, hygiene and sanitation. Finally, the program will strengthen the capacity of dioceses in the fight against cholera.

Activities already performed

Wash the program has in the past, among these activities, mobilized the population in the 13 dioceses where it is currently implemented. This in order to bring it to behavior change in the sense of community dynamics. He has directed many works Wash: spring development, drilling water wells, rehabilitation of water networks, construction of sanitary latrines in villages and targeted schools.
For the implementation of the Wash national network in Caritas Congo Obviously from these activities we must also notify the National Workshop of ownership of the schools strategy

and sanitized villages, held from 27 to 30 January 2014 at the Welcome Centre Caritas. On this occasion, the participants agreed to the establishment of national network Wash in Caritas Congo. They also recognized the need to coordinate activities for greater visibility of Wash within the Caritas network.

**Community ownership of the process and sanitized villages Schools **

All these activities and we spoke at the workshop highlighted the need for community ownership of schools process and sanitized villages. They also stressed the importance of making contacts at all levels and to ensure ongoing consultations at the level of actors. The need to develop synergy with other stakeholders was not the rest, such as creativity and innovation that we will have to consider.

The Wash Programme (English) , whose full title is "The hygiene and sanitation Water Program , " was launched in 2006. This is a government program. At Caritas DRC startup has had to depend on each diocese. The national level meanwhile accompanied the ecclesiastical province of Kisangani with Caritas Germany from 2010. A Mbujimayi program activities began in 2007 and they continue to this day. Other dioceses are getting into the As .

The overall objective of Wash Program is to reduce morbidity and mortality due to waterborne diseases and poor sanitation. Its specific objectives are to improve the supply of drinking water, the adoption of good hygiene behaviors and creating a healthy environment. Mr. Dieudonné BANZA is the National Coordinator of the Wash Programme within the Caritas network , under the supervision of the representative office of Caritas Germany. It works with Caritas diocesan officials and Officers Wash in each diocese or Caritas and its teams Wash . The lessor of the program with 13 dioceses is UNICEF WASH mobilizes funds. Caritas Germany supports the program.

Note that at the Service of Health Promotion Caritas Congo with the ASSP program supported by an IMA Wash pane just started since March 2014. This aspect concerns the areas of health and Lubutu Ferekeni located in the province of Maniema. The focal point of this component at Caritas Congo is Jeanne Mbelu .

JOSEPH KIALA