SSH4A in Cambodia


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Access to improved sanitation is a basic human right. Cambodia has one of the highest rates of people without access to improved sanitation in Asia. Despite the promising innovations in the sector, nearly 70% of the rural population in Cambodia still lives without a safe, sanitary toilet. Improved sanitation practices reduce the risk of diseases, affecting the productivity and income of millions of rural Cambodian families.

SNV therefore, as part of our Sustainable Sanitation and Hygiene for All (SSH4A) programme, works with the Ministry of Rural Development and local government partners in Kampot and Kampong Speu provinces to improve the health and quality of life for 250,000 rural people, through elimination of open defecation and equitable and sustained access to improved sanitation and hygiene practices

Three years ago, the Banteay Meas district had one of the lowest levels of sanitation coverage in Cambodia, as only 16% of the households had access to sanitation. As a result of the SSH4A programme, the sanitation coverage is now over 94% and Banteay Meas district is on track to become the first open defecation-free district in Cambodia! 

The programme in Cambodia began in 2008 and is part of the SNV/IRC Sustainable Sanitation and Hygiene for All programme in five countries - Bhutan, Cambodia, Laos, Nepal and Vietnam.

SSH4A - Phase II

Building on the results and learnings from the Banteay Meas district, the second phase of the SSH4A programme started in January 2015 and supports the government in scaling up the SSH4A approach to two new districts: Chum Kiri and Basedth.

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