Humanitarian Response: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
WASH partners provided various services and COVID-19 prevention interventions to 50,238 individuals in the NWSW regions. Additionally, WASH partners trained health workers, hygiene promoters, volunteers, and water user committees on the establishment of garbage disposal pits.
February recorded delays in project implementation in the SW due to lockdowns related to the African Nations Championship (CHAN 2021) that took place between 16 January and 6 February with some teams based in Buea and playing in Limbe in the South-West (SW) region. However, activities regained steam immediately after the end of the tournament. The security situation remained tense with displacements recorded in both regions. WASH services were identified as a major need during assessments in communities with these new displacements. Unfortunately, resources were not sufficient to respond to these emergencies. Most of the donor-funded projects already have specific target groups. Hence, mobilizing resources quickly for newly displaced population becomes increasingly difficult.
The number of partners sharing 5Ws reports increased from four in January to 14 in February. This improvement can be attributed to a session on 5Ws reporting, facilitated by a monitoring and evaluation specialist from UNICEF.
The Cluster and its strategic advisory group (SAG) meetings were held on 19 and 26 February in the NW and SW regions respectively. The SAG advised the Cluster Coordinator to carry out partners capacity assessments and verify their profile as part of the process to develop an Emergency Preparedness Plan.