WSUP Mozambique celebrates 10 years of transforming urban WASH

Themes: Hygiene Sanitation WASH Water
Countries: Mozambique

Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) Mozambique is celebrating its 10th anniversary, marking a decade of dedicated efforts to improve water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services for urban communities nationwide.

Over the past decade, WSUP Mozambique has made significant strides in enhancing urban WASH services, impacting the lives of over 2.4 million urban residents. The organisation’s achievements include:

  • Improved water supply: Providing access to improved water supply for 1,558,314 individuals, ensuring access to safe and reliable drinking water.
  • Sanitation enhancements: Supporting sanitation infrastructure improvements for 200,082 people, promoting proper sanitation practices and reducing the risk of waterborne diseases.
  • Hygiene education: Educating 718,875 individuals on hygiene practices, fostering behaviour change and promoting better health outcomes.

WSUP’s work in Mozambique combines direct service delivery to underserved communities, capacity-building initiatives for utilities and service providers, and policy and regulatory reform advocacy. Notable projects include partnerships with local authorities and international donors to develop sustainable sanitation systems and enhance WASH facilities in primary schools.

WSUP continues to provide technical assistance to water utilities in Maputo and Beira to reduce water losses and build resilience against natural disasters. A key achievement is the collaboration with Autoridade Reguladora de Água (AURA) to develop a new sanitation regulatory framework, which includes a city-level sanitation surcharge to finance essential improvements.

Commenting on WSUP Mozambique’s 10th anniversary, Country Manager Mr. Tunisio Camba noted that the team was immensely proud of its accomplishments over the past decade.

“The team’s dedication to improving urban WASH services has concretely improved the lives of millions, demonstrating the power of collaborative efforts in driving positive change. As we celebrate this milestone, we renew our commitment to advancing urban WASH solutions in Mozambique. We remain steadfast in our mission to address the pressing challenges of water and sanitation access, ensuring that every urban resident can lead a healthy and dignified life,” said Mr. Camba.

Looking ahead, WSUP Mozambique remains committed to supporting its partners’ vision for universal WASH access, which includes:

  • Improved school sanitation: Continuing to collaborate with Maputo’s municipality to achieve their goal of providing proper WASH facilities in all schools by 2030.
  • Sustainable sanitation solutions: Supporting the development of affordable pit-emptying services for low-income communities.
  • Climate-resilient WASH solutions: Building resilient and sustainable urban WASH systems will contribute to the well-being and prosperity of urban communities nationwide.

WSUP Mozambique’s 10-year journey is a testament to the power of collaboration. By working hand-in-hand with national and local authorities, international donors, and local communities, WSUP has made a significant difference in people’s lives. The organisation remains dedicated to creating a future where everyone in Mozambique can access safe water, sanitation, and hygiene.