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Report on Juba Town Sanitation Pilot Project, South Sudan (PSI)

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Report by Dawit Belew, December 2010 on the CLTS pilot in Juba town.

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Despite multiple funding mechanisms that have supported latrine construction and health education in the past, the percentage of households with access to improved sanitation facilities in South Sudan is still incredibly low. Sanitation programming has traditionally focused on inputs (construction of latrines), has been short term (one to two years maximum) and has been focused on reaching the maximum number of people at the expense of community ownership, sustainability and private sector development.

However, with a shift in focus from an input to outcome centered approach to a longer-term community driven approach, collective responsibility and public/private partnerships could play a key role in lasting solutions to demand for appropriate sanitation facilities and increased access. Following PSI’s behavior change framework and approaching sanitation as a marketing intervention will enable PSI Sudan to develop demand driven approach that will focus on the demand side (the user) as well as the supply side (products, providers). With this understanding and main purpose of identifying the most effective, affordable and acceptable sanitation approach which will be implemented in pre-urban and urban setting of South Sudan PSI is implementing Sanitation Pilot Project in Juba Town.

Date: 27 July 2011
South Sudan