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Better Sanitation Improves Lives in Samoa

Video | 15 September 2017

The Community Sanitation Project aims to improve health condition in Samoa villages. Under this project, new and upgraded household septic systems are installed in villages with high incidence of diarrhea and typhoid in both urban and rural areas with high population density. Villagers are also educated and trained about good sanitation practices. ADB and the Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction are helping finance and implement this project.

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Text on video: Upolu, Samoa 

Title: Better Sanitation Improves Lives in Samoa

Text on video:  Water-borne diseases like diarrhea are a serious problem in Samoa. 

Text on video: Poor sanitation practices are widespread in many of the islands' communities. 

Text on video: In Eva Village, leaking septic tanks used to drain into a river that fed the local water supply. It caused increased cases of diarrhea and typhoid in the village. 

Text on video: Since 2014, household septic systems have been installed in a growing number of households. 

Text on video: The systems keep wastewater and drinking water supplies separate. 

Inu Amosa Pouoa, Sanitation Engineer, Planning and Urban Management Agency: "The whole purpose of the project is to reduce the contamination of the groundwater and also educate our people with the importance of clean sanitation within their own household."

Text on video: The project targets households with high incidence of diarrhea and typhoid in both urban and rural areas with high population density.  

Toleafoa Fetoloai Alama, Project Officer, Planning and Urban Management Agency: "We’ve managed to install in 790 households so far. We’ve actually exceeded the expectations of project. To us, it’s a big success!"

Text on video: The project is part of the government's broader environmental and public health strategy to reduce poverty.

Text on video: As systems are installed, households are made aware of the importance of proper sanitation practices.

Valaauina Malo, Chief, Eva Village: "At first our village was reluctant to adapt the new septic system that the project offers. But the project team assured us that the system is much safer than the old system and it will improve the health condition of our villagers." 

Text on video: In fact, improved sanitation is having a significant impact on the quality of life of a growing number of Samoans.

Toleafoa Fetoloai Alama, Project Officer, Planning and Urban Management Agency: "We would like to continue on this because it was such a success and hopefully with further discussion with our development partners we will be able to continue and hopefully roll it out to other areas of this island and as well as in our bigger island, Savaii."

Text on video: ADB and the Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction are helping finance and implement the project.