At least 67, 523 latrines were constructed in Manicaland under the Rural WASH projects from the year 2020/21 aimed at decreasing the use of open defecation in most rural areas. Speaking during the Rural Wash Project Close Out meeting held in Mutare today Institutional Wash Officer Terrence Chanakira said open defecation had been on the rise in the province a situation which was stimulating diseases like cholera and typhoid adding that up to date 11,800 rural households now have their own latrines to use. He further stated that , at least 2,142 water points were also repaired to reduce the collection of water from unsafe water sources through improved water supply. Rural Wash projects support community led approaches to mobilize communities to completely eliminate open defecation as well as improved access to water, sanitation and hygiene.

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