Tanzania Hosts First Hygiene and Sanitation Week

Following successful World Toilet Day (WTD) celebrations in Dar es Salaam (2005, 2006) and Iringa (2007), the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MoHSW) this year launched the first Hygiene and Sanitation Week.
WSP, along with UNICEF, WaterAid, PSI, and others, hosted the MoHSW in organizing the eventfrom November 13-14, conducting a number of activities across the country aimed at creating awareness and interest about improved sanitation and hygiene.
A special message was delivered in Dar es Salaam that emphasized the government's commitment to achieve the national sanitation targets as stipulated in the National Strategy for Growth and Poverty Reduction (popularly known as MKUKUTA in Kiswahili). 
In Mwanza, where the national celebration was held, numerous community events - including roads shows, schools, and clinic shows - were held prior to the WTD culmination on November 19th. Educational and promotional materials were distributed during road/community and schools shows.
In addition, the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training held an essay competition during the WTD event in which schools and individual students were selected winners and presented with prizes for outstanding written works on the topic. The event featured speeches from the Principle Secretary and Deputy Director of Preventative Services (MoHSW), the Regional Commissioner for Mwanza, and officers from the ministries of water, education, and local government. 
The final day was attended by over 5,000 people from different parts of Mwanza. It was covered widely by local, regional, and national media. WTD generated enthusiasm among practitioners and contributed to stimulating political will and demand for sanitation and hygiene at all levels, from the national to district governments, to communities and households. The event was supported as part of the Global Scaling Up Sanitation and Handwashing projects in Tanzania.
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