ILO’s infrastructure investments resolve health and water access challenges in Sudan
Through employment-intensive investments three water points and a healthcare centre in Sudan were rehabilitated and handed over to community for operation and maintenance.
The community members in Kharsana, Keliak and Al-Meiram localities in West Kordofan, Sudan were in a celebratory mood. Their years of struggle to fetch water from miles away were about to come to an end.
The ILO and its partner ALIGHT had completed rehabilitation of three water points and a health centre serving host and refugee communities in the region. Between 21 to 24, November 2022, they were handed over to communities in the presence of Ministerial Counterparts (State Ministry of Health and State Water Provision Authority) and representatives from local community (beneficiaries).
Mr Ahmed Atia, National Officer, ILO PROSPECTS Sudan, explained, “These infrastructure assets were rehabilitated using the ILO’s Employment Intensive Investment Programme (EIIP) approaches which promotes job creation through infrastructure development works.” In April 2021, the ILO trained local contractors on EIIP methodology and engaged them in the rehabilitation of the water sites and health centre. He added, “Through EIIP, the contractors engage the local community members to work at the construction sites. With this programme, the locals learn a new skill and receive income for their contribution.”
These project has so far created job for 72 locals and generated 2,350 workdays for the beneficiaries.