Two years on from Cyclone Idai: new video shows how Beira is rebuilding

June 2021: In Mozambique climate change is increasing the severity of natural disasters, weakening already vulnerable infrastructure and threatening to leave millions of low-income residents of cities without access to water and sanitation.

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Mozambique is one of the poorest countries in the world.

Half the urban population lives below the national poverty line and only a quarter have access to piped water. As the number of people living in major towns and cities grows, so does the need for better water and sanitation services.

In Maputo the sewer system only covers a small part of the city. With no organised system in place to deal with toilet waste, there is a huge need to invest in better on-site sanitation methods so that waste can be safely collected and avoid contaminating the water supplies. The lack of access to improved sanitation has a direct impact on health, dignity and economic growth in the poorest communities.

WSUP has worked in Greater Maputo and Beira since 2007, engaging with local government, service providers and communities to improve access to vital water and sanitation services for low-income urban families.


I can run my business easily without worrying about the children going to the toilet, because I know that they are using a safe, private place.

Teresa Nguila for Aiding Africa article
Teresa, resident of Maputo’s Chamanculo A district – where WSUP has supported delivery of shared sanitation facilities.

Blog: January 2021 – Defending against disease: Improving WASH in Maputo’s schools

Following years of working in individual schools, a new strategy developed by WSUP and the city council aims to help schools across the city defend against Covid-19 and other diseases.

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Blog: September 2020 – Climate recovery in Beira: sustainable water and sanitation access for a more resilient city

In the aftermath of Cyclone Idai, WSUP has been delivering sustainable, long-term water and sanitation solutions to help mitigate the effects of climate change for thousands of residents in Beira.

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Blog: August 2020 – The virtuous circle of good customer service: experience from Mozambique

Creating stronger service providers, a core strategic goal for WSUP’s 2020-2025 business plan, requires development of scalable business models that allow services to be provided to low-income customers at a profit.

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School sanitation in Aeroporto B

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