Are you aware that one gram of fecal matter contains up to 10 million viruses, a million bacteria, and 1,000 parasitic cysts?  Contamination from feces is a primary cause of cholera, and typhoid in Nigeria.

USAID joins Nigeria in advocating for clean toilets for all in commemoration of World Toilet Day under this year’s theme “leaving no one behind.”   

At a press conference in Abuja last week, Nigeria’s Minister of the Environment say the federal government is “committed to addressing the sanitation challenges, including open defecation in the country and ensuring proper management of excreta” in line with the government’s declaration of a state of emergency on water, sanitation and hygiene last November.

State of emergency notwithstanding, an estimated 47 million Nigerians do not use toilets, which caused nearly 87,000 diarrheal deaths in children under the age of five as well other diseases.  Fifty two percent of Nigerian schools do not have proper sanitation. 

The USAID EWASH activity works to address gaps in urban water services in Nigeria that will help improve sanitation in six states.   EWASH encourages professionalization of WASH utilities as well as strengthen monitoring of WASH utilities to expand quantity and quality of service across Nigeria.  

The activity is part of USAID’s wider efforts to coordinate closely with the Government of Nigeria, including the Federal Ministry of Water Resources and select State Water Boards and allied stakeholders in Nigeria to advance broad-based economic growth and resilience through improved water supply services in urban areas.

The Imo state E-WASH team & Staff of Imo State Water & Sewerage Corporation were not left out on this as Grantee CSOs with supportive supervision did carry out series of activities across locations in Owerri, Okigwe and Orlu Urban townships