World Bank to Invest $178 Million in Mozambique Water Project

The World Bank agreed to invest $178 million to increase access to clean water for residents of greater Maputo, Mozambique’s largest urban area.

The funds will support the Greater Maputo Water Supply Expansion Project under the government’s National Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Strategy and contribute toward the third Poverty Reduction Action Plan 2011-14, Laurence C. Clarke, World Bank Country Director for Mozambique, said in a statement today.

About 17 percent of children under the age of five die from diarrheal diseases, primarily caused by the consumption of unclean water and poor sanitation in the country, according to Luiz Claudio Martins Tavares, the project’s team leader.

“We are happy to support this project that will bring improved health and water security to over 100,000 families living in the greater Maputo area,” Clarke said.

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