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Cameroon: Conflict, COVID-19 impact Water, Sanitation sector in NW/SW 

Cameroon Report – YAOUNDE

Conflict and the coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on the WASH sector in Cameroon’s North West and South West Regions, according to a report.

WASH is the collective term for Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene. Due to their interdependent nature, these three core issues are grouped together to represent a growing sector. While each a separate field of work, each is dependent on the presence of the other. 

Access to water is a key challenge both in terms of quantity and quality. According to MSNA (2019), only 50 % of households in the NW/SW regions have access to improved sources of water, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and WASH Cluster said on Tuesday in a report.

Almost 61 % of households do not have access to functional latrines, it added.

In August, 1,200 WASH and Hygiene kits were distributed, compared to over 3,500 in July while people who accessed improved sanitation facilities from WASH partners decreased from 1,600 in July to 700 in August, according to the report.

There was a marginal increase in people who received improved water supply in August (2,500) as compared to July (2,000). It said lack of funding remains a major setback in WASH partners’ ability to meet set targets in the two regions.

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