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10th International Rainwater Catchment Systems Conference
"Rainwater International 2001"
Mannheim, Germany - September 2001

Section 2: Rainwater Catchment in Humid and Arid Regions

Paper 2.10

Promotion of Rainwater Jars Through Informed Choice (A Laos Case Study)

Soutsakhone Chanthaphone
Deputy Director
National Center for Environmental Health and Water Supply
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About 85 % of Laos' 5 million people live in the countryside. The National Center for Water Supply and Environmental Health (Nam Saat) in the Ministry of Health is responsible for rural water supply and sanitation. The provision of water supply and sanitation services in a sustainable manner to the rural population living in remote parts of the country under difficult socio-economic conditions remains a major challenge.

Nam Saat initiated the development of the national Rural Water Supply and Sanitation (RWSS) Sector Strategy in 1994, using a Lao-led, step-by-step, participatory process. The national RWSS Sector Strategy and the Guideline National Framework was launched in November 1997. With assistance from its supporting partners UNICEF and World Bank Water and Sanitation Program - East Asia and Pacific (WSP-EAP), Nam Saat started the application of the Strategy through the implementation of a number of pilot projects supported by Sida, the World Bank, JICA and various NGOs.

The main objective of these pilot projects was to ensure a smooth transition from past practices/ approaches to more community focused, demand driven and sustainable intervention, with a special focus on the capacity development of Nam Saat staff at all levels.

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