Malawi Focus on Water and Sanitation Annual Appeal No.01.14/2004 Programme Update No. 1


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In Brief

Appeal No. 01.14/2004; Programme Update no. 01; Period covered: January to June 2004; Appeal coverage: 6.5%; Outstanding needs: CHF 2,742,079 (USD 2,168,508 or EUR 1,793,380).

Appeal target: CHF 2,933,344 (USD 2,203,037 or EUR 1,888,216)

Related Emergency or Annual Appeals: n.a.

Programme summary: The water and sanitation (WatSan) team spent much of the first half of 2004 completing outstanding work from the 2003 project in Nkhotakota district. This included the manual drilling of three boreholes; the installation of ten handpumps and handpump aprons; the completion of the sanitation and hygiene promotion activities; and the training of nine water point committees. To complete this project, three more water point committees require training and this will be completed in June and July 2004. Work started on the 2004 project and is expected to be completed by the end of 2004.

Health and Care

Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion

Goal: The lives and general health conditions of vulnerable communities in Malawi are improved.

Objective: Sound, sustainable environmental services are established for 120,000 vulnerable people in 11 districts by 2008 in water supply, sanitation and hygiene promotion

Detailed assessment of the project area (Mchinji district, Mduwa territorial area) based on the demand for water supply, sanitation and hygiene promotion and income received at the time of the assessment have redefined the objective and expected results of the project.

  • The number of beneficiaries of the project was reduced from approximately 30,000 to 15,000 people.

  • The operational budget was written to refle ct income of approximately CHF 167,000, a reduction from the original project Appeal budget of CHF 279,000. See table below.

  • Balance carried over from 2003 -- approximately CHF 17,000 -- was used to complete activities also carried over from 2003.


Funding for the 2004 project was received in March. The detailed assessment of the 2004 project in Mchinji district, Mduwa territorial area was carried out and the regional water supply, sanitation and Hygiene Promotion Delegate supported the Malawi Red Cross Society Project Manager in the planning stage through the production of an operational logical framework, budget, cash flow and workplan in March. The project implementation will begin in June and it is expected that the project objective will be reached by the end of 2004.

The water supply, sanitation and hygiene promotion project coordinates with the Malawi Red Cross HIV/ AIDS interventions in this district.

Progress and achievements reported are against the operational expected results and project logframe for 2004.

Hygiene promotion/sanitation promotion volunteers effectively cover target population of 15,000 by year 2005.

A standard hygiene promotion training and implementation package was assembled.

Sustainable sanitation promotion (hardware) unit established in Mduwa territorial area that distributes no less than 500 SanPlats to households who build adequate traditional latrines by 2005.

Materials are in the process of procurement.

Fifty-seven (57) viable, fully functioning and adequate community managed water supplies in low-income villages by 2005 (50 handpump rehabilitations, seven new boreholes fitted with hand pumps).

From the assessment carried out there are 50 handpumps fitted on boreholes that require rehabilitation and seven new boreholes fitted with handpumps will be constructed in communities that do not have a safe source of water.

Fifty-seven (57) community based operation and maintenance and cost recovery systems established and functioning by 2005.

Preparation of water point committee training manual is underway.

Water supply, sanitation and hygiene promotion projects efficiently and effectively implemented using demand responsive community managed approaches by 2005.

Progress is in line with this expected re sult.

Increased resources for water/ sanitation and hygiene promotion projects, and contribution to sector policies, best practices, coordination and cooperation by 2005.

Income received is the balance remaining from 2003, as well as a CHF 159,000 donatio n from the Irish Red Cross. The Project Manager is planning to contact local donor agencies and the Irish Red Cross to advocate for increased funding in 2005.

There have been no national sector coordination meetings this year. The Project Manager has been active in the Mchinji district rural water supply coordination meetings and is advocating for national level coordination meetings.

For further information specifically related to this operation please contact:

In Malawi: McBain Kanongodza, Secretary General, Malawi Red Cross Society, Blantyre; Email; Phone; Fax

In Zimbabwe: William Corkill, acting Federation Head of Southern Africa Regional Delegation, Harare; Email; Phone; Fax

In Geneva: Terry Carney, Federation Regional Officer for Southern Africa, Africa Dept.; Email; Phone 41.22.730.42.98, Fax 41.22.733.03.95

This Programme Update reflects activities to be implemented over a one-year period. This forms part of, and is based on, longer-term, multi-year planning (refer below to access the detailed logframe documents).

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