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Iraq: RRP6 Monthly Update - March 2014: WASH

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MARCH HIGHLIGHTS:

Government, with support from partners, continue to focus on maintaining provision of essential services while improving the quality of the services provided. In addition to the tripartite agreement for an integrated drainage and road project for Domiz camp, the goverment and partners have also embarked on discussions for a large scale water provision scheme to serve Domiz.

Issues of equity are critical when designing and implementing WASH services. In this vain, partners have formed a technical working group to look critically on WASH service for the disabled. In an effort to engage all relevant partners, this is a cross sectoral initiative where agencies not only from WASH, but also from health, protection and shelter are joining forces to understand the extent of the need and develop implementable strategies to ensure WASH needs for the disabled are being met.

In March, there has been a concentrated effort to improve reporting mechanisms and information management. In collaboration with partners, reporting tools have been streamlined and a WASH database has been created. While still being fine-tuned, the simplified tools have increased partner reporting and is allowing detailed WASH camp profiles - containing status of achievement and activities - to be created.
In Domiz camp there is a marked increased in the number of residents accessing water through sustained systems (networks) versus temporary measures (trucking).