Senegal ACCES Project

Project: Senegal ACCES Project

Project Dates: 2016-2021

NRCE was recently awarded the Senegal Projet Assainissement – Changement de Comportement et Eau pour le Senegal (ACCES) Task Order under the Water and Development IDIQ (WADI).  This task order is a 5 year, $22 million program designed to achieve improvements in nutrition through investments in water, sanitation, and hygiene in the most malnourished regions of Senegal.  Activities will test and implement proven state-of-the-art approaches and increase sustainability.  Other activities will support achievement of the Mission’s Country Development and Coordination Strategy (CDCS) Results Framework. Our partners under this Task Order are Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Population Services Inc. (PSI), Impaq, Montgomery Watson Harza (MWH), and Caritas.  

It is estimated that 7% of all deaths of children under the age of five in Senegal is caused by diarrheal diseases. Diarrhea can lead to malnutrition, cognitive deficiencies, and long-term chronic illness. Poor hygiene practices and low access to sanitation and clean drinking water are major factors in prevalence of diarrheal disease. It is for this reason that USAID is focusing on increasing access to safe drinking water and sanitation and promoting safe hygiene practices. The Government of Senegal has made great strides in providing access to safe drinking water and sanitation services. Senegal is close to achieving the 2015 Millennium Development Goals (MDG) of reducing by half the number of people who do not have sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation infrastructure. Senegal has achieved the goals for water and sanitation in urban areas, but in rural areas access rates are still below the target. For water, Senegal is close to achieving the MDG – 59% of the population has sustainable access – but is farther away from the goal in sanitation, with only 39% having access to basic sanitation infrastructure. These national statistics mask the regional disparities where access varies greatly. Despite significant investments by USAID and other donors as well as the GOS in providing access to water and sanitation and promoting hygienic practices, much work remains to improve the sustainability of access, the quality of service and to increase coverage.

Recognizing the link between access to safe drinking water and the prevalence of diarrheal diseases, water quality and good health in general, as well as the link between access to water for food production and a healthy, nutritious diet, USAID/Senegal established the five-year ACCES program within which NRCE has created a tailored plan to execute. Our focus has four outputs:

1. Generate demand for WASH Products and Services;

2. Increase market-based provision of WASH products and services;

3. Improve provision and management of multiple use water systems; and

4. Improve enabling environments for equitable delivery of quality WASH services 

More information will be added as our project ramps up in the coming months and years.

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