Its important to prioritise the needs of women in the development of services:

“I have been able to design and roll out water and sanitation services to meet the needs of women by engaging them at every stage to get their views throughout the service chain. We ensure that we engage them in the selection of sites for infrastructure development and design especially kiosks.

“We also involve them in the management of the services as they are more responsible, for example engaging them as kiosk attendants. We also use them to mobilise the community since they are change agents and influential foot soldiers.”

But much more needs to be done in Lusaka’s peri-urban areas, Yvonne believes.

“The provision of services should embrace the step-up approach where communal water points or kiosks should be a basic service and provision of individual connections as the ultimate,” says Yvonne.

“A case in point is what has happened in one of the illegal settlement in Lusaka called Misisi Compound. This compound was legalised two years ago, and is a highly densely populated area with poor housing units which are not well planned or laid out.”

“The area is also prone to flooding and over the years has been an epicentre for water borne related disease outbreak especially Cholera. However, as a Peri-urban Unit with support from WSUP and Wasser fur Wasser, we implemented a water supply improvement project which was completed in March 2017.”

“Through this project we extended a network of 18km using high-density polyethylene pipes, and constructed 45 kiosks. As a result, this year we have not recorded cholera cases from Misisi which has been a great achievement.”

WSUP’s work with the Lusaka Water & Sewerage Company has been funded by:

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation, Comic Relief, Mulago Foundation, Skoll Foundation, The Stone Family Foundation, the UK Department for International Development (DFID), USAID, and Wasser für Wasser.