The United States Agency for International Development through its Liberia Economic Policy Dialogue Activity, over the weekend presented a grant of office supply and furniture to the National Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Commission.
Donating the items, valued over $US 40 thousand, USAID/LEPDA said it is their own way of helping the WASH Commission strengthen its capacity to function as a lead sector and regulator to ensure effective coordination among all government institutions and stakeholders involved in the Wash sector.
Speaking during the handing over ceremony to the WASH Commission, USAID Deputy Health Officer Director, Karen Koprince said their aim is to support an enabling environment that will promote service delivery of water sanitation and hygiene services to the population.
She recounted that USAID has a long-standing history in supporting the Wash Commission pointing to the construction of water treatment plants in three cities in the country include, including Robertsport, Vonjaima, and Sanniquellie.
Madam Koprince at the same time has commended the government for her commitment to ensuring universal access to safe drinking water and sanitation services for the entire population by 2030.
For his part, WASH Commission Chief Executive Officer, Bobby Whitfield expressed gratitude to USAID/ LEPDA for the donation and assured them that the items will be used for their intended purpose.
Whitfield at the same time disclosed that the government is still challenged when it comes to open defecation which he believes is about 42% of the population currently practices and 20% of the population lack access to safe drinking water and other sanitation services.