PUBLIC TOILET PROJECT AT MAKOKO

The Makoko public toilet project is a six-seater convenience facility purposed to ease the environmental burden and health implications of open defecation in Makoko- one of the largest urban slums in West Africa. The 2018 survey by the Water Sanitation and Hygiene National Outcome Routine Mapping (WASH NORM) revealed that 24.4 percent of the country’s population practiced open defecation. Makoko, reclaimed with dirt from the lagoon below the Third Mainland Bridge, suffers a peculiar experience as the open defecation is practiced in the water. This water serves the purposes of bathing, washing and sometimes, cooking therefore exposing residents to diseases such as cholera, diarrhoea, malaria and typhoid amongst others. This project is expected to help reduce open defecation and also reduce the conditions for the spread of diseases. The facility is expected to be maintained by the local community with technical support and monitoring to be performed by the foundation.

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