Efforts needed to uplift the status of hygiene and basic sanitation (HBS) in Benin says sub sector assessment report from 2010 to 2020

An assessment report on the status of Hygiene and Basic sanitation (HBS) in Benin from 2010 to 2020 shows that the Government is paying less attention to HBS compared to the water subsector and the ministry of Health is not doing the required actions. This report was validated by the twenty participants, actors of the sector and coming from various horizons to the workshop organized for this purpose, on September 24, 2021.

This activity is led by the civil society organizations gathered inside the Concertation of the Non-State Actors of the sectors of water and sanitation in Benin (CANEA) within the framework of the advocacy carried out, for the vote of the law on public hygiene in Benin, with the technical and financial support of NIYEL.

Proposals for improvement to the report of the investigation carried out by the consultant were made by participants. They appreciated the information on the sub-sector as described and analyzed in the report, appreciated the elements of perspectives proposed in the report which they validated.

The report notes the low level of support for the HBS sub-sector, while the water sub-sector is receiving particular attention from the government. The HBS does not occupy an important place in the Public Investment Program (PIP) of the Ministry of Health, which is responsible for the sub-sector.

The HBS is included in the Program for the Reduction of Maternal and Infant Mortality, Disease Prevention and Improvement of the Quality of Care, which dissolves its importance in the face of challenges related to the quality of care in health facilities.

The information revealed in this report will serve as a basis for further advocacy.