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Monitor our WASH Activities: Usamate

There is a need to monitor and maintain the surveillance of WASH activities through efficient consistent data collection. Minister for Health and Medical Services Jone Usamate made the comment during
27 Jan 2015 15:58
Monitor our WASH  Activities: Usamate

There is a need to monitor and maintain the surveillance of WASH activities through efficient consistent data collection.

Minister for Health and Medical Services Jone Usamate made the comment during a training yesterday, hosted by the Ministry with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on mobile phone-based data collection and reporting tools on WASH activities in Suva.

WASH is a strategy supporting national programmes that increase fair and sustainable access to, and use of, safe water and basic sanitation services, promoting improved hygiene.

“Mobile data collection provides the next step in efficient data collection, analysis and interpretation given their increasing functionality and decreasing operating cost,” Mr Usamate said.

UNICEF Pacific representative, Dr Karen Allen said the breakthrough technology would allow multiple stakeholder groups access to real time monitoring of both hardware for WASH.

“And identify key hygiene behaviours of children and communities across the country,” Ms Allen said.

The five-day training will demonstrate to more than 20 WASH partners the use of mobile phone technology, to collect data and analyse the situation of WASH in schools and communities.

This is in collaboration with Akvo Foundation, a Netherlands registered and non-profit organisation.

Akvo would be used to actively monitor and evaluate all local WASH intervention activities through which collaborative, informed decisions would be made based on accurate data.

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