It is estimated that for every USD 1 spent on water and sanitation approximately USD 4-10 are gained through reduced patient medical costs, reduced health service costs, deaths averted, school days and productive days gained. This makes it good economic sense to invest in water, sanitation and hygiene in Liberia. Improving water, sanitation and hygiene in communities and in schools also has other wider benefits including contributing to improving gender equality. This Strategic Plan clearly establishes the challenges the sector are facing both programmatically and institutionally and proposes a way forward to strengthen the sector for the period 2011-2017 and beyond. The Strategic Plan is ambitious and will require an incremental approach to strengthening institutions at all levels, development of new policy instruments, increasing finances and widening implementation. The effective implementation of this plan will require continued positive collaboration between government Ministries/Agencies, development partners and the civil society with increasing commitments and efforts from all sides. (Link)
Government of the Republic of Liberia. 2010. Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Sector Strategic Plan for Liberia, 2011-2017. Ministry of Planning & Economic Affairs, Ministry of Public Works, Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Ministry of Education, WaterAid, UNICEF, USAID/CHF – Global Communities, UNDP GoAL WASH Programme, WASH Liberia. 134 p.