Embracing better management of urban growth is crucial to guarantee sustainable cities in South Sudan. It is not uncommon for citizens in and around South Sudan’s major cities for residents to spend up to two hours a day transporting expensive water to their homes for drinking and cooking. In addition, a lack of sewage and wastewater infrastructure countrywide is leading to tainted ground and surface water, creating serious health risks from waterborne diseases.

THESO envisioned a team work with national ministry of water resources and irrigation, civil society groups and local governments to mobilise demand for improved drinking water and sanitation services, as well as to build the capacity of private businesses, utilities, and national-level programmes to provide these services in a fair and sustainable fashion. This will address the problems created by rapidly urbanising, swelling impoverished urban and rural settlement populations that are exacerbating exclusion and inequality in access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services for the poorest and most marginalised populations.

THESO organizes WASH activities in the following priority areas where it has existing activities and partnerships or an emerging critical role:

  • Provide access to safely managed drinking- water services for South Sudanese people THESO envisioned working with government and partners to establish urban water systems in all cities and major towns, monitor and report on access to safely managed drinking-water services. Support and strengthen drinking-water regulators, surveillance agencies and similar institutions for oversight of drinking-water safety.
  • Provide access to safely managed sanitation services for all South Sudanese people – THESO shall work with government and partners to ensure that each citizen has access to safe sanitation services, monitor and report on access to safely managed sanitation services. Support implementation of the national Sanitation Guidelines and sanitation safety planning for sanitation access and safe excreta management through partnerships and implementation in all states and counties. Support counties in their strategies to end open defecation. 
  • Increase the number of healthcare facilities in South Sudan with basic water, sanitation and hygiene with ultimate goal of 100% coverage by 2040 Implement national WASH in HCF packages (assessments and analyses, targets, standards, budgeted action plans and monitoring and review). Work with partners to improve services, hygiene behaviour and access financing.
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