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Title:Towards improving rural water supply and sanitation coverage in Caprivi, North-east Namibia
Author:Matengu, Kenneth
Periodical:Journal for Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences (ISSN 2026-7215)
Geographic term:Namibia
Subjects:drinking water
water supply
rural areas
Abstract:Improving access to clean drinking water has been a major development goal of the government of Namibia since independence. By improving the supply of clean water, health risks can be reduced. Efforts were made by the Namibian government to ensure access to clean water for women and children, who carry the responsibility of household maintenance and water provision in the homestead. Access to drinking water has increased tremendously after independence to approximately 98% (2012 estimate), however, these government figures say very little or nothing at all about the quality of the water. Sanitation also remains a big problem, with more than 80% of Caprivi's population having no access to toilet facilities, except the bush and open waters during floods. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]