City of Windhoek hosting three-day community-led total sanitation workshop

WINDHOEK: The City of Windhoek is hosting a three-day community-led total sanitation (CLTS) workshop here.

It is aimed at finding an approach towards sustainable behavioral change, which will assist communities to recognise the problem of open defecation (OP), and take collective action to become open defecation-free (ODF) as an outcome of the CLTS.

Speaking here yesterday, Windhoek deputy mayor Muesee Kazapua said CLTS focuses on changing sanitation and hygienic behaviour, which should be Namibia’s responsibility to achieve ODF status.

He said the implementation of CLTS will face challenges as it is a new approach, but all stakeholders in the sector should hold hands and move on for the benefit of the nations in need of the improved sanitation facilities and knowledge on the best hygienic practices.

Kazapua said the CLTS workshop comes at a time when cases of cholera have been recorded in Windhoek and some regions, hence the hosting of the workshop will add value to cholera intervention planning.

The workshop commenced yesterday, and is aimed at building consensus amongst experts to scale-up sanitation coverage and promote sustainable hygienic behavioural change in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region.