In 2014 following the approval by the Eritrean government (late 2013) to sign an agreement with the European Union, Red Cross Society of Eritrea (RCSE) continued implementing the 4-year Urban Sanitation Project (USP) co-funded by the Netherlands and Swedish Red Cross Societies. USP aims to extend the coverage of improved sanitation conditions through constructing six public latrines in peri-urban areas of Eritrea, and encourage household latrine construction, implement Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) and above all promote hygiene behavioural change. The project pursues a community-based approach which focuses on strengthening the capacity and involvement of communities in the project at the same time addresses sanitation problems and ensures project sustainability.
The urban sanitation project targets an estimated 64,000 people residing in 3 Zobas (provinces) of Eritrea. The project strongly focused on capacity building of RCSE staff on the sanitation project. As a result of this project there has been an increase in the number of volunteers by 6% with 180 volunteers recruited. During the reporting period the volunteers were trained on CBHFA and facilitation of PHAST sessions, enabling them to work with the community in triggering Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS).
IFRC maintained its presence in Eritrea to provide support to the National Society throughout the reporting period.