Improving Access to Sanitation Services for Poor Egyptians

WASHINGTON, July 28, 2015 — A new project in Egypt will improve sanitation services for more than 800,000 poor Egyptians in the Nile Delta where there is need to increase access to water, waste disposal, and health services. The US$550 million program approved by the World Bank’s Board of Directors today focuses on enhancing access to sanitation services for the rural poor and addressing the pollution of the Nile from untreated sewage.

The Sustainable Rural Sanitation Services Program for Results aims at empowering local service delivery and connecting rural poor to working sanitation systems in the Delta governorates of Daqahliya, Sharqiya, and Beheira in Lower Egypt.

“One of our strategic areas for supporting Egypt is improving service delivery especially for the poor,” said Asad Alam, World Bank Country Director for Egypt, Yemen and Djibouti. “The program will improve the well-being of rural Egyptians who suffer from poor access to sanitation services and face serious environmental and health threats.”