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  • The Government has allotted $202.5 million to a School Sanitation project, being implemented through the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF).
  • The project has as its objective the replacement of pit latrines with flush toilets, in order to reduce the contamination of underground water and reduce the spreading of diseases caused by faecal matter.
  • The School Sanitation Project is being funded through the PetroCaribe Development Fund.

The Government has allotted $202.5 million to a School Sanitation project, being implemented through the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF).

This allocation is contained in the 2016/17 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.

The project has as its objective the replacement of pit latrines with flush toilets, in order to reduce the contamination of underground water and reduce the spreading of diseases caused by faecal matter. It was started in January 2012 and should come to an end in March 2017.

Up to December 2015, sanitation blocks had been completed in 41 schools islandwide. For the 2016/17 financial year, 22 additional sanitation blocks are expected to be completed.

The School Sanitation Project is being funded through the PetroCaribe Development Fund.