Problem: On 10 September 2016, an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.7 Richter scale hit Kagera Region on the shores of Lake Victoria in Tanzania. A total population of 117,721 were severely affected by the earthquake. 17 people died and 440 people were injured. 26,000 houses were damaged rendering over 117,000 people homeless or living in temporary accommodation. As in other disasters, women and children, people living with disabilities were more affected due to loss of privacy and protective space caused by damaged houses. Nearly 70% of primary schools’ students and 36% secondary school students’ access to education was disrupted due to damage to classrooms and lack of toilet facilities in schools.
Solution: The project is a South Africa – Tanzania project initiated to contribute to rehabilitation and reconstruction of schools and health facilities post the September 2016 earthquake which destroyed houses, displaced people and left several communities vulnerable in Kagera, Tanzania. The goal of this project is to restore the learning environment and provide basic health services to the affected communities. It is a South-South Cooperation initiative, launched with the aim to contribute to rehabilitation and reconstruction of schools and health facilities post the September 2016 earthquake which destroyed houses, displaced people and left several communities vulnerable in Kagera, Tanzania. The goal of this project is to restore the learning environment and provide basic health services to the affected communities. The project supports reconstruction and rehabilitation of damaged public infrastructure offered by the government such as schools and health facilities. South Africa has committed itself to continue to support regional and continental processes to respond to and resolve crises, promote peace and security, strengthen regional integration, significantly increase intra-African trade and champion sustainable development in Africa; and continue to promote mutually beneficial South-South cooperation by utilizing engagements with formations and groupings of the South. Based on the commitment above, South Africa has committed to making a financial contribution towards relief efforts in Tanzania related to the rehabilitation of destroyed and damaged infrastructure critical to service delivery such as schools and health facilities. South African expert artisans, engineers and Disaster Management institutions are utilised as far as possible in order to contribute to capacity building and technical and skills transfer to the Tanzanian engineers and artisans.
Provider Country: South Africa
Beneficiary Country: Tanzania, South Africa
Supported by: South Africa, UNDP South Africa
Implementing Agency: Government of Tanzania, Government of South Africa
Project Status: Ongoing
Project Period: Ongoing
UNDP South Africa