UNDP launches a new project on improvement of potable water supply and sanitation in Kyrgyzstan, part of the GoAL WaSH

27 Aug 2013

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Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan – Bishkek hosts an inception workshop of the UNDP project improvement of management policies on drinking water and sanitation. The main objective of the project is to provide a more sustainable and equitable access of rural residents to safe drinking water and sanitation by improving environmental conditions and increase the capacity of leadership at the national and local levels.

The project will be implemented during 2013-2015 by UNDP in cooperation with the State Agency for Architecture, Construction and Housing and Communal Services of the Kyrgyz Republic Government. In addition the project will involve four pilot communities, village districts in Osh and Batken oblasts: Karabak, Dara, Salamalik and Kara Kulja.

The project includes measures to improve the management and coordination capacity of the Department of Drinking Water Supply and Sanitation of the State Agency for Architecture, Construction and Housing and Communal Services of the Kyrgyz Republic Government. The project experts will help local water users associations to manage water supply more effectively and provide better sanitation. In addition, the pilot communities will get expert and technical support to improve the delivery of services in the field of water and sanitation and to ensure equitable access to drinking water.

Funds for the project (200,000 USD) were granted by the UNDP and the Stockholm International Water Institute as part of the global project on management, advocacy and leadership in the areas of water, sanitation and hygiene (GoAL WaSH - Governance, Advocacy and Leadership for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene ), which is already being implemented in 150 countries.

The inception workshop will be attended by members of parliament, representatives of ministries and government agencies of the Kyrgyz Republic, as well as international organizations and civil society. During the workshop, participants will discuss issues of water, sanitation and hygiene in Kyrgyzstan, as well as guidelines and objectives of the project. Representatives of international and non-governmental organizations such as the Asian Development Bank, the Development and Investment Agency (ARIS), the Central Asian Alliance for Water, etc. will share their best practices in the field of sustainable and equitable access to safe drinking water and sanitation facilities in the regions of Kyrgyzstan.

In Kyrgyzstan providing the population with clean drinking water and improved sanitation in rural areas is a national issue. According to the Department of Rural Water Supply and Sanitation of the State Agency for Architecture, Construction and Housing and Communal Services of the Kyrgyz Republic Government, out of 1,805 villages 725 villages do not have adequate access to a centralized drinking water, while 396 villages don’t have water supply systems at all and their residents consume water from open water sources.

The lack of drinking water in the southern regions of the country is one of the main reasons for high incidence of acute intestinal infections. The average level of intestinal infections is on a rather high level reaching in some years 332.4 (2001) to 490.2 (2010) per 100,000 people. The highest number of infections was registered in Batken (980.0) and Jalal-Abad (552.8) oblasts exceeding the country-wide average by 1.8 times.

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