Bill Gates Foundation-funded sanitation improvement cell launched

Staff Correspondent | Published: 15:02, Nov 20,2020


The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation supported cell for improving safely-managed sanitation in the urban areas was inaugurated on Thursday at by Department of Public Health.

The support cell will work on developing sanitation facilities in 11 city corporations and 329 municipalities in the country for proper management of the faecal sludge and solid wastes.

Thanking the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for the support, local government and rural development minister Md Tajul Islam in the virtual inauguration ceremony sought supports of all development partners and stakeholders for bringing the nation under 100 per cent safely-managed sanitation coverage meeting the sustainable development goals.

The minister said that the support from the donors and development partners would help the government to manage liquid and solid wastes generated in households and industries efficiently in the greater interest of the public health and environment.

Representatives from various development partners, who attended the launching ceremony, also expressed their strong willingness to continue working with the local government division and department of public health engineering to achieve safely managed sanitation nationwide.

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Growth and Opportunity wing president Rodger Voorhies and Prime Minister’s office principal coordinator of SDG affairs Zuena Aziz, DPHE chief engineer Md Saifur Rahman were present at the virtual programme launched by LGRD secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed.

The support cell was established following the ‘National Action Plan’ in line with the execution of the institutional and regulatory framework of faecal sludge management in 11 city corporations and 329 municipalities in the country.



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