The 2nd Annual Review Conference on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) took place on 14th and 15th of July in Freetown. The main objective of the Conference was to take stock of the current status of WASH in Sierra Leone and to identify the way forward.

The conference was attended by over 300 sector players.

Key sector players agreed that the way forward for the sector is to fully commit to the sustainability of service delivery through:
•  Strengthened sector coordination at national, local and community levels to ensure that all sector actors have the same shared vision and implement similar approaches;
•  Support relevant studies and learning on the delivery of permanent WASH services
•  Water Utilities being accountable to their customers in all aspects of their service delivery, whilst customers recognise the need to pay for the maintenance of those services; and
•  The enactment of the various bills, notably the National Water Resources Management bill, SALWACO bill, Guma Valley Water Company bill and the Public Health bill to provide the needed legal framework that supports sustainable management of the resource improved service delivery, accountability, equity and inclusion, sustainability and assured sector funding.

Key recommendations on Sector Learning:

•  Encourage all WASH organisations to document and widely disseminate their field experiences and studies in conformity with the national WASH Sector Learning Framework.
•  The Sector Learning Partnership to take active measures to involve others in debate, reflection, learning and action arising from these studies.
•  Commission a study to identify how functionality and seasonality of water points vary spatially.
•  Support other relevant studies on WASH sustainability.
•  Commission a study to identify how best to take pilot projects to scale.

Read more in The Awareness Times article here.