Challenges of solid waste disposal in several African city cities, including most of East African cities such as Kampala, Uganda’s capital city and Nairobi, Kenya’s largest city, is increasingly becoming menace that if not dealt with quickly could turn out to be one of the most leading health hazard.
According to UN-Habitat, lack of sanitation has led to more than 1,200 daily deaths of children under five worldwide, more than the number of deaths caused by AIDS, measles and tuberculosis combined.
As a prescription to the solid waste disposal problem in key areas of Conakry, Guinea's largest city and its administrative, communications, and economic Centre, the Lives and Livelihoods Fund (LLF), a multilateral development initiative created by the IsDB and supported by several development cooperation partners, and the Government of Guinea last week delivered 56 sanitation trucks to the National Agency for Public Hygiene and Sanitation (ANASP), an agency under Guinea’s Ministry of Hydraulics and Sanitation, to address challenges linked to urgent solid waste disposal in key areas capital city of Guinea.
The fleet of trucks was handed over today in a ceremony held under the high patronage of President of Guinea, at the ‘Palais du Peuple’ in Conakry. The event was also attended by the regional representative of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), Dr Alpha Diallo, and several high-ranking officials.
The Lives and Livelihoods Fund uses an innovative financing model that combines grants of the regional and international donors with the lending capital of IsDB to offer concessional loans. The loans do not merely address immediate needs but rather set in motion fundamental change that can create opportunities for millions of disadvantaged people.
By blending grants with affordable loans, the LLF also unlocks capital for those that would not normally be able to access a higher level of financing. The fund currently supports 28 projects across Africa and Asia, including in Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, Cameroon, Mauritania, Uganda, Pakistan, and Indonesia.
Through the Conakry Sanitation Project, 1.7 million inhabitants of Guinea’s capital will be protected from flooding and benefit from regular collection of solid waste. Sludge treatment will increase from zero in 2017 to 500 cubic metres per day in 2022, while the number of cases of malaria, diarrhoea, schistosomiasis, and typhoid are predicted to drop by half in children under 5 years old. The project is also creating hundreds of direct and indirect jobs.
“The trucks were purchased as part of the Conakry Sanitation Project, which is funded by $54 million of financing arranged by the IsDB via the LLF. Donors to the LLF include the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), the Islamic Solidarity Fund for Development, the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre, and the Qatar Fund for Development,” reads a statement issued by Lives and Livelihoods Fund last week.
The Statement further reads: “The project aims to improve safety, environmental and social conditions in Conakry by providing better access to a sustainable waste collection system, as well as protecting the environment through improved waste treatment at the public garbage dump.”
President Alpha Condé, is quoted in a statement as having stated that: “Populations living in a healthy environment and who are themselves healthy are citizens capable of investing themselves fully and with all their might, in the process of resilience to shocks and socio-economic development underway in Guinea as part of the emergence hoped for in 2040.”
The same statement notes that Dr Bandar Hajjar, President of the IsDB, as having said: “Access to safe and effective waste disposal is one such necessity that every person should have, which is why we are proud to be working with the Government of Guinea in its efforts to protect and empower its people, and helping the city of Conakry to tackle this challenge and fundamentally improving the lives of its citizens.”
“The ambition of the Lives and Livelihoods Fund and its donor partners is to enable countries to invest in the key services and infrastructure that will ensure a safer, healthier and more prosperous future for their people,” Dr Hajjar added.