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The National Sanitation Programme in Lesotho : how political leadership achieved long-term results

Lessons learned from the National Sanitation Programme in Lesotho, where determined government leadership; limited subsidies and private sector capability have lead to a large increase in national sanitation coverage. The goal of the programme is to reduce morbidity and mortality from sanitation related diseases through health and hygiene education and the promotion of the construction of ventilated improved pit (VIP) latrines. Since the start of the programme 20 years ago the number of inhabitants with access to proper sanitation facilities has increased from 20 per cent to 53 per cent. The programme is a permanent and budgeted part of the government's work, independent of external support agencies. It has clear financing rules, one of them that no direct subsidies are given for building individual household latrines. Householders directly employ private-sector latrine builders while the government concentrates on promotion and training. Although the programme has been successful in addressing sanitation holistically at a national level it needs to find solutions to include the poor and to empty the full pits.

TitleThe National Sanitation Programme in Lesotho : how political leadership achieved long-term results
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsPearson, I.
Secondary TitleField note / WSP
Volumeno. 5
Pagination8 p. : boxes, map, photogr.
Date Published2002-08-01
PublisherWater and Sanitation Program - African Region
Place PublishedNairobi, Kenya
Keywordsblue gold building african solutions for water sanitation and hygiene, community participation, financing, institutional aspects, lesotho, national sanitation programme (lesotho), policies, private sector, programmes, sanitation, sdiafr, sdipol, ventilated improved pit latrines
Abstract

Lessons learned from the National Sanitation Programme in Lesotho, where determined government leadership; limited subsidies and private sector capability have lead to a large increase in national sanitation coverage. The goal of the programme is to reduce morbidity and mortality from sanitation related diseases through health and hygiene education and the promotion of the construction of ventilated improved pit (VIP) latrines. Since the start of the programme 20 years ago the number of inhabitants with access to proper sanitation facilities has increased from 20 per cent to 53 per cent. The programme is a permanent and budgeted part of the government's work, independent of external support agencies. It has clear financing rules, one of them that no direct subsidies are given for building individual household latrines. Householders directly employ private-sector latrine builders while the government concentrates on promotion and training. Although the programme has been successful in addressing sanitation holistically at a national level it needs to find solutions to include the poor and to empty the full pits.

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