Success Stories


Since we started implementation of improvement of community hygiene and sanitation project in Kilombero District, the District has been in front line through provision of high cooperation and commitment to make sure that the intended goals of the project are achieved/attained. This is so due to a good entry strategy between HAPA and Kilombero District Council.

In the previous milestone (milestone one), the sanitation and hygiene aggregated data delayed to be submitted from the sub-village and village levels due to low commitment of some data collectors and Village Executive Officer as they overwhelmed with other official duties they forget to play their role in making sure that sanitation and hygiene data is updated timely and quarterly. The delay submission of data led to the delay of filling them in the NSMIS. We had a meeting discussing about how to mitigate such problem. We agreed to make close follow ups with additional of team members and means of transport.

Kilombero District through District Health Department decided to contribute one hundred liters of fuel which valued to 228, 300/=tshs and approved by District Executive Director for the purpose of conducting quarterly follow ups on data collection, verification, validation and reporting, together with a motor cycle to enable the team to cover a large area within a very short period of time. This has been done with very remarkable results, as we succeeded to collect, verify, validate and submit sanitation and hygiene data on time. 


For many years, Kilombero District has been in front line on the issues pertaining to development especially on Hygiene and Sanitation matters. This has been contributed by good cooperative and commitment spirits the district staff have. Despite of the efforts made by the district on implementing National Sanitation Campaign, there were some challenges confronting the district in attaining National Sanitation Campaign/hygiene and sanitation program’s goals..

Those challenges are as following; lack of enough sanitation registers for data collection, updating only visited households as sampling while leaving other households, existence of households without toilets, existence of big number of traditional toilets, lack of trainings to data collectors, inactiveness of bylaws on hygiene and sanitation matters, poor /delays updating of sanitation data base from sub-village to the district level, irregular sensitization meetings on hygiene and sanitation issues, presence of inactive village CLTS committees, etc.

HAPA through funds from Tetratech ARD/WARIDI has been implementing Improvement of Community hygiene and sanitation project in Kilombero District. The project embedded with several activities some of them are distribution of sanitation registers in all 398 sub-villages, capacity building to data collectors, school teachers and school health clubs, institutional triggering and orientation of village CLTS committees. The project brought great impact to the community of Kilombero as it had a good entry strategy. Introducing the project to the District Water and Sanitation Team (DWST), District Commissioner, Ward Councilors via full council meeting and community through local media (Kilombero Fm radio) created awareness to the people of Kilombero district including community leaders.

This resulted to the high cooperation and commitment by the district technical staff, District and community leaders in implementing the project. In attaining project’s goals Kilombero district through District Medical Office, wrote a letter and distributed to all sub-village leaders and other community leaders insisting them to play their roles effectively to make sure that every household has constructed and use toilet. The letter was copied to District Commissioner, District Executive Director, Police posts, Ward Executive Officers and Village chair persons. The content of the letter based on four key questions addressed to sub village leaders; how many households do your sub village has? Are all households registered in the sanitation register? How many households have no toilets? What are measures taken to those with no toilets?


Through that letter, many households’ information was filled in the sanitation registers, quarterly updating of data base is effectively done, close follow ups/operations on construction of improved latrines is conducted at all levels by community leaders with support from Ward Health Officers and local police (Mgambo), community sensitization meetings also is conducted by District Commissioner at district level and health workers at ward and village levels in their respective areas. Formation and execution of bylaws is highly applicable in all villages. This has brought remarkable results on construction of improved latrines hence increase number of ODF villages in the district.  


Chita ward which is amongst twenty six wards of Kilombero District council has total population of 14,542 whereby 7064 are Male and 7478 are Females. It has five villages such as Chita, Makutano, Merera, Idunda and Msita; and 17 sub-villages. The hygiene and sanitation status for the first quarter (January-March 2019) was not much sounding especially on the rate of construction and use of improved toilets including privacy and hand washing facilities.

overall latrine coverage at Chita Ward January to March 2019

Hand washing facilities; Availability of hand washing facilities outside the toilet was 1151 out of 2591 households; presence of running water in the hand washing facilities was 1138 out of 2591 households; availability of soap outside the toilet was 1138 out of 2591.
Privacy; Toilets with durable walls were 2298 out of 2591; Toilets with lockable door was 1517 out of 2591 and toilets with roof were 2017 out of 2591.
The Ward Executive Officer together with other community leaders and extension Officers including Sanitation Committee members conducted regular close follow ups with the purpose of accelerating construction of improved toilets at household and institutional levels. Execution of by-laws was highly insisted to those who were stubborn to adapt to the improved options including hand washing facilities, dish racks and rubbish pits. The fines/ income obtained from penalties used in construction of improved toilet at Chita’s ward Office.
The decision of constructing an improved toilet at Chita’s Office was aiming at sensitizing people to adopt what their leaders do concerning WASH in their ward. This was targeted people from all five villages and 17 sub- villages while they will be coming to get official services they will see and be impressed to adopt it. The constructed toilet is estimated to cost not less than six hundred thousand (600,000/=).
After the regular close follow ups conducted by the team together with the penalties given to those with incomplete sanitation components, there resulted high speed of construction of improved toilets in all five village of Chita ward. The number of improved toilets increased in the third quarter (July-September 2019) as it is described below; 

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