4 MILLION PEOPLE WILL GAIN ACCESS TO IMPROVED WATER AND SANITATION SERVICES BY 2017
The UNICEF Country Programme 2013-2017 extended the Healthy Villages and Schools program to almost 6,000 villages and 1,500 schools, the equivalent of approximately 4 million people gaining first-time access to improved WASH services.
By September 30, 2019, UNICEF planned to reach 7500 villages which will have committees acting to protect and maintain their healthy environment
The HVHS programme is scaling up to be operational in 250 out of the 515 Health Zones (49%). The second phase of the Healthy Villages and Schools program is focusing on sustainability, including the sustainability of hardware WASH installations; institutional capacity, accountability and obligation, health outcomes, and the scalability of quality results. A strategy is being defined to promote complementarity between the programme and projects of other government institutions, NGOs or the private sector.
To promote transition between emergency and development, new strategies are under discussion within the different stakeholders. UNICEF is also supporting the 2013-2017 New Multisectoral Strategic Plan for the Elimination of Cholera in DRC.