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Training new WASH professionals in Sudan

UNESCO and the University of Khartoum launched a Water, Sanitation and Hygiene training course to enhance capacities in Sudan’s water sector.

Training new WASH professionals in Sudan

Sudan faces severe deficiencies in both water quality and quantity, leading to the spread of infectious diseases due to poor hygiene and inadequate sanitation systems. This is compounded by an insufficient number of adequately trained professionals in the Water Sector to provide adequate services. To address these serious sector challenges, UNESCO and the Water Research Centre (WRC) of the University of Khartoum launched a series of training courses for special Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) qualifications that educates young professionals and technicians in the African Water Sector. These training courses are implemented in the framework of the Human Capacity Development component of the ACEWATER II project implemented by UNESCO and funded by the European Union.

Adequately trained professionals are urgently needed to improve the efficient operation of the existing facilities in Sudan’s water sector, to implement and operate future water sector programs in line with the requirement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The training of young professionals and technicians in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene has been identified as one of the top priority sector needs in the country, according to the University of Khartoum.

After completing the two-weeks training courses, participants will have the ability to plan, design and operate water supply projects that will provide targeted communities with sustainable safe drinking water, as well as the knowledge to manage wastewater treatment systems. Moreover, the starting professionals will understand the principles of epidemiology, communicable and endemic diseases. They will have the understanding to improve and sustain on-site sanitation systems and develop the skills to prepare awareness programs, adopting acceptable legislations that are desirable to maintain a safe, clean and healthy environment in the country.

The ACEWATER II project, implemented by UNESCO and the AU-NEPAD Water Centres of Excellence (CoEs), focusses on establishing National Human Capacity Development Programs at junior and senior higher education and technician level. These programs are also being implemented by AU-NEPAD Centres of Excellence in other countries in East Africa and in West and Southern Africa to provide more sustainable access to water and sanitation to people on the continent.