Fifteen counties have signed a commitment to end open defection in their counties by the year 2025.
The 15 counties bear the largest burden of open defecation in Kenya and accounting for 85 per cent.
They include Baringo, Garissa, Homa Bay, Isiolo, Kajiado, Kilifi, Kwale, Mandera, Marsabit, Narok, Samburu, Tana River, Turkana, Wajir and West Pokot.
The 15 counties, mostly from the Northern region and Nyanza were mapped out to be having the highest number of households that lack toilets and still practising defecation in the open or in the bushes.
The drive dubbed the Kenya Sanitation Alliance designed to eliminate open defecation in Kenya by 2025 was launched by the government, Unicef and partners.
The Kenya Sanitation Alliance is led by the Ministries of Health and Ministry of Water, Sanitation and Irrigation, together with the governments of 15 counties with the highest rates of open defecation.
It is funded by the Government of Japan and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
Under the alliance, the county governments have committed to allocate and utilise a minimum budget of Sh10 million towards the elimination of open defecation for the financial year 2022/2023 and increase the amount to Sh2025.