Humble beginnings and exemplary WaSH services - a story of Kapoeta North county, Southern Sudan

Joyce Sebit, Rose Lidonde and Katia Leber / SNV

Four years ago, the county authorities of Kapoeta North did not have an office building, let alone a water and sanitation department. The local authority from the remote region of South Sudan’s Eastern Equatoria state was literally operating from under a tree. At the time of its establishment, the county was one of the regions with the highest cases of the painful guinea worm parasite in the world. In addition, diseases such worms, scabies, eye infections and diarrhoea were still extremely common. Although a number of water facilities had been drilled in the county, almost 40% of these water points were not functioning. Communities were forced to drink unsafe water, and therefore suffered from water related diseases.

Year of publication: 
SNV Case story collection
Themes and sectors: 
Water supply
Case story length: 
3 pages

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