Regional Training of Trainers’ Workshop on Community Led Total Sanitation in Thaba Tseka District, Lesotho

Background and Introduction

CLTS Foundation, as a part of its collaborative efforts with Eastern Southern Africa Region of UNICEF, has made a sincere effort to introduce CLTS in Lesotho on the interest of UNICEF and Government of Lesotho. Lesotho is a country with a very disturbing statistics with regard to child survival. The under five-child mortality is very high with 121 deaths from 1000 child births. The sanitation link is quite evident as RTI, diarrhoea, pneumonia and HIV cause major deaths. While HIV kills about 19%, diarrhoea kills 10% and RTI kills 12% and pneumonia kills another 12% of children. About 41% of new-born deaths are caused by various infections. Moreover the human resource potential is strongly hindered with about 39% children suffering from stunting which has clear links with Open defecation related issues.

This report details the proceedings of the Training of Trainers’ Workshop on CLTS held in Thaba Tseka Region from 13th to 19th November 2014 organised by the UNICEF and Department of Water Resources and Environment. There were around 80 participants invited from across all 10 districts of the country. The majority of participants were from Department of Water Resources and Department of Public Health but potential collaborators in CLTS from NGOs like Red Cross, Ministry of Local Governance, Ministry of Education etc. The schedule of the workshop can be found in Annex 1.

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