Malawi Likely to Miss SDG6 Deadline- WASH CSOs Say
A network of more than 80 civil society organizations implementing Water, Sanitation and Hygiene activities in Malawi say the country can only meet Sustainable Development Goal 6 if it can increase its national budget towards the sector from K70.2 to K76 billion per year.
Chairperson of Wes Network Kettie Harawa has noted that increase national budget will able 7 million Malawians who are not using safe water to start accessing the commodity by 2030, the deadline of the UN goals.
“We need resources to achieve goal 6 of the SDGs. 7 million people is huge number in a country like Malawi,” observed Harawa.
This comes at a time when Malawi had just joined the rest of the world to commemorate World that falls on 22 March every year.
Harawa suggests that, “increased budgetary allocation should help government to repair malfunctional boreholes and also protect some water sources.”
About 13 million people have access to safe water in Malawi.
Malawi Water Users Associations Chairperson, Nzeru Banda feels there’s need to expand water services in both urban and rural areas.
“These people who have no access to safe water are prone to waterborne diseases like Cholera and Diarrhea, that are common in rural areas,” said Nzeru.
Minister of Natural Resources Nancy Tembo says the government was doing something to ensure that more Malawians have access to safe water in the country.
The Sustainable Development Goals were set by the United Nations in 2015 and are intended to be achieved by 2030.