Archive for October, 2011

October 28, 2011

A cause d’un mauvais assainissement: Le Bénin perd 52 milliards de FCFA par an

By Alain TOSSOUNON

 

La facture est salée et les résultats de l’étude documentaire faite par le Programme eau et assainissement(WSC), un partenariat multi-bailleurs administré par la Banque Mondiale pour aider les pauvres à obtenir un accès sûr et durable aux services d’eau et d’assainissement, sont accablants. Il y a urgence.

 

Ce n’est pas une imagination. C’est bien une réalité. Le Bénin perd 52 milliards de francs CFA chaque année à cause d’un mauvais assainissement.  Ce qui équivaut  à 1,5% du PIB national. La raison, même si elle est surprenante est toute simple. A ce jour, 2,5 millions de Béninois utilisent des latrines insalubres ou partagées et  5,2 millions  de Béninois n’ont pas de latrines du tout et font leurs besoins en plein air. Des chiffres qui paraissent irréalistes à première vue mais qui sont bien vrais.

 

Parce que selon les statistiques nationales notamment, les chiffres de la revue 2010 des secteurs de l’eau et de l’assainissement, seulement 44,4% des ménages ont accès à un assainissement adéquat au plan national. Ainsi, plus de la moitié des Béninois pratiquent la défécation à l’air ou partagent des latrines avec les autres.

October 28, 2011

Forum mondial sur l’hygiène et l’assainissement de Mumbai

By Alain TOSSOUNON (Envoyé spécial)

 

 

C’est une première dans le monde. Un forum exclusivement consacré aux questions d’hygiène et d’assainissement. Mais, pour les organisateurs comme pour le participants à ce rendez-vous inhabituel, mieux vaut tard que jamais.

 

 Entre renouvèlement d’engagement, partage d’énergie et d’expériences innovantes, le forum de Mumbai sonne comme un appel pressant aux gouvernants de nos Etats pour mettre les questions d’hygiène et d’assainissement au cœur des politiques de développement.

 

Comment doter les 2,6 milliards de personnes qui vivent sans toilettes et sauver les 1,2 milliard d’êtres humains qui boivent chaque jour de l’eau insalubre ? Il était temps pour les militants de cette cause de sonner la cloche de la mobilisation pour mettre en commun leurs expériences et surtout se donner un nouveau souffle à leur  combat citoyen.

 

Ouvert par une cérémonie à la taille de l’événement dans cette ville de Mumbai confrontée au défi de l’assainissement dans les bidonvilles, le forum a démarré sur une note d’espoir et d’espérances d’un monde nouveau. Oui, le changement est possible !

October 28, 2011

L’assainissement doit occuper une place de choix dans les politiques de développement


By Propos recueillis par Alain TOSSOUNON

 

Membre du Conseil de concertation pour l’approvisionnement en eau potable, l’hygiène et l’assainissement (WSSCC), Cheik Tandja qui a été élu pour représenter la partie francophone au sein du comité directeur  de cette organisation  depuis 2009, a pris une part active aux travaux du forum. Au terme de ce rendez-vous de partage de savoirs et de savoir-faire, il revient sur les grandes résolutions du forum et se prononce sur les grands défis et les petits pas enregistrés dans certains de nos Etats en Afrique de l’ouest.

 

C’est la première fois qu’un forum est exclusivement consacré à l’hygiène et l’assainissement. Comment en est-on arrivé là?

Nous sommes arrivés là à la suite d’un travail intense qui a été fait parce que l’assainissement n’occupait pas tellement de place dans l’agenda du développement économique de nos pays. Je dirais qu’il ne l’est pas  encore.

October 28, 2011

Sénégal: Assainissement et gestion des ordures: Les « miracles » d’une Commune pauvre

By Racine Kane avec sudonline.sn

 

Matam est en route pour constituer une exception en matière de gestion des déchets solides ménagers. Grâce au partenariat avec LUXDEV, une organisation Luxembourgeoise, l’équipe municipale a mis en place un système qui permet de maîtriser la collecte et le transport des ordures et par la même occasion, maintenir la capitale de la 11ième région du Sénégal propre.

Quid du drainage des eaux pluviales ? Un projet de plus d’un milliard qui a contribué à venir à bout des inondations dans les quartiers les plus exposés de la ville.
«Nous pouvons dire que tout n’est pas négatif dans le gestion de l’actuelle équipe municipale.

Du point de vue insalubrité, la mairie est en train de faire des efforts considérables. Le ramassage des ordures est régulier, et les jeunes qui s’occupent de la collecte des déchets solides ne se plaignent pas beaucoup, du point de vue de la rémunération. Ce qui est à saluer». C’est Mamadou Guèye, le président de la Plate-forme des Acteurs non étatiques de Matam qui salue ainsi les efforts de la nouvelle équipe municipale pour l’assainissement et le maintien de la ville propre, malgré les maigres moyens.

October 21, 2011

Nigeria marks Global Handwashing Day

WaterAid in Nigeria have commemorated this year’s Global Handwashing Day in five primary and secondary schools in Abuja, Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory.

WaterAid in Nigeria Finance Manager, Joy Ofulue-Okofu, teaches pupils of Community Junior Secondary School Asokoro how to properly wash their hands with soap while the Executive Secretary of the school board observes

Staff from WaterAid in Nigeria made handwashing presentations and demonstrations to the children in the schools; educating them on the importance of handwashing with soap and showing them the proper way to wash their hands. The hope is that these children, acting as agents of change, will take the good practices of hygiene learned back to their homes, peers and communities.

The active participation and involvement of children, along with culturally sensitive community-based interventions aim at ensuring sustained behavioural change.

Handwashing with soap – particularly at critical moments, including after using the toilet and before handling food – is a key cost effective and life-saving intervention preventing the spread of germs that cause diseases like diarrhoea and pneumonia. Research in several developing countries illustrates that lack of soap is usually not the barrier – with the vast majority of even poor households having soap at home – rather, the problem is that soap is rarely used for handwashing.

The practice of handwashing with soap tops the international hygiene agenda on October 15, with the celebration of Global Handwashing Day (GHD). Since its inception in 2008 – which was designated as the International Year of Sanitation by the UN General Assembly – Global Handwashing Day has been echoing and reinforcing the call for improved hygiene practices worldwide.

Global Handwashing Day aims at increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of handwashing with soap as an effective and affordable way to prevent diseases.

October 11, 2011

Shahrukh Khan is India’s WASH Ambassador

Edmund Smith-Asante, Mumbai, India

Leading Indian actor, Shah Rukh Kha n, has been named Indian Goodwill Ambassador for Sanitation and Hygiene.

Shah Rukh Khan is joining a campaign to ensure greater access to sanitation by the world communities that currently lack access, half of which are resident in Indian.

Khan was named a global Ambassador for Sanitation and Hygiene as part of a United Nations-backed campaign to tackle diseases such as diarrhoea, which is the second-biggest killer of children worldwide, said a WSSCC official yesterday during the opening ceremony of the Global forum on Sanitation holding in Mumbai, India.

Accepting the offer, the Bollywood actor  regarded as the King of Bollywood, (Indian’s film Industry) said, “Toilets for all will make India and the world a healthier and cleaner place, particularly for poor women, girls and others at the margins of our societies,”

Quoting Mahatma Ghandhi, he urged practitioners to “Be the change that you want to see”, and expressed confidence that he would use the new position to ensure greater access for the Indians poor and fight inequalities in the provision of sanitation and hygiene services.

October 11, 2011

WSSCC motivates sanitation practitioners

                                                        Edmund Smith-Asante in Mumbai, India

A call has gone to practitioners in the Sanitation sector should continue to working towards better service availability.

Speaking at the Global Forum on Sanitation taking place in Mumbai, India Chairperson of the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC), WSSCC’s Chair, Anna Tibaijuka expressed a “the firm belief, that if we can ensure access to good sanitation and hygiene to all people, including the poorest, the marginalised, the disabled, the elderly, girls, women and even men, then we will truly be making a difference in people’s lives.”


October 11, 2011

Experts proffer solutions to World’s sanitation crises

By Wale Ajibade with addtional reports from Babatope Babalobi

Speakers at the Opening plenary- (L-R) Malini Shankar Principal Secretary, Water Supply and Sanitation Department, Government of Maharashtra, India; Dr Bindeshwar Pathak, Founder, Sulabh International services organisation; and Jon Lane, Executive Director, WSSCC

The Global Forum on Sanitation kicked off in Mumbai, India, yesterday with several participants proffering solutions to global sanitation challenges, while urging more action by stakeholders.

WSSCC’s Chair, Anna Tibaijuka in an opening message urged stakeholders to jaw jaw and find solution to one of the greatest development challenges facing the world, sating water is life but contended that sanitation is human dignity.

Jon Lane, the Executive Director of the WSSCC described Sanitation and Hygiene as Human Rights and people should work for its realisation in various communities.

Ifeoma Charles-Monwuba, Deputy Country Director of Action-Aid Nigeria spoke on ‘Bridges for Girls education’ suggested multiple methods for bringing behavioural change and social transformation such as is needed in the sanitation sector for the successful implementation of safe hygiene practices.

Illustrating from a project implemented in Katsina change in Northern Nigeria, aimed at increasing access of the girl child to school and safe sanitation service, Ifeoma Charles-Monwuba advised drivers of behavioural change to work with religious and traditional rulers, set up unisex clubs to allow boys or girls discuss their common problems, use community media to disseminate messages and encourage the beneficiaries to develop a charter of demands.

You need to dismantle religious and cultural barriers that hinder girls access to western education use religious and traditional leaders as advocates of change while encouraging Government to put basic infrastructure in place, said Ifeoma Charles-Monwuba

Ada Oko-Williams, Coordinator West African Regional Learning Centre of Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) briefed participants on the huge successes recorded by WaterAid Nigeria in implementing the CLTS in various communities in Benue state, Nigeria and other areas in West Africa, and pointed out that WaterAid Nigeria is developing a Training system for CLTS in Nigeria.

October 10, 2011

CSOs develop key messages for Global forum on Sanitation

                                                                                                 Baatope Babalobi

Members of the African Civil Society Network on Water and Sanitation (ANEW)and the Freshwater Action Network South Asia (FANSA) have jointly developed messages to be presented to participants at the ongoing Global Forum on Sanitation, Mumbai, India.

Arpita De, FANSA Coordinator...yesterday

Ahead of the side event of the two organizations holding this Wednesday at the Global meeting, about twenty members of the two bodies met this Monday to brainstorm on the relevance of the Civil Society in developing the sanitation sector and how civil society organizations can add value to the forum’s  debates on strategies of resolving sanitation challenges.

Key messages the ANEW and FANSA  resolved to present to the conference delegates include the following:

1.         Civil society organizations play a role in influencing policy processes at the national levels and therefore should be given greater space for participation in global sectoral meetings.

2.         Civil Society bodies are good in monitoring projects to ensure successful implementation and ensuring service providers are accountable.

3.         Sectoral projects implemented by civil society groups are more cost efficient as they usually do not spend more that 10% of the total project cost on overheads.

4.         Civil society groups assist government in reaching the grassroots, and they are not necessarily antagonists of government programmes; but can complement government efforts, target service delivery and supplement what other service providers are doing.

October 10, 2011

Civil society groups form new WASH charity

By Babatope Babalobi

The Freshwater Action Network (FAN) http://www.freshwateraction.net/ will become an Independent charity to be known as FAN Global in July 2012.

Ceridwen Johnson

Disclosing this today, at a Civil Society Interactive session during the ongoing Global forum on Sanitation holding in Mumbai, India, Ceridwen Johnson – FAN’s Communication Manager, said the new charity will be constituted by five regional networks- the African Civil Society Network on Water and Sanitation (ANEW)and the Freshwater Action Network South Asia (FANSA),, FAN Mexico and FAN Central America.

However, each of the five bodies-will retain some autonomy on financial and administrative matters while working together at global level on development and implementation of programmes.

“A smaller global Secretariat will work in collaboration with the regions to coordinate global policy and advocacy and programming, fundraising, strategy and governance”, said Ceridwen.

October 10, 2011

Water and Sanitation vital in fight against AIDS, says experts

                                                                                      By Babatope Babalobi

The United Nations views  that  access to improved water supply and sanitation will improve the quality of life of people living with HIV/AIDS

Although HIV/AIDS is not a water-related disease, the issues are closely linked, says the United Nations World Water Development Report titled : “Water, a shared responsibility”.

Many of the opportunistic infections that kill people living with HIV/AIDS are transmitted through contaminated water and unsanitary living conditions.  once people are sick, they frequently suffer from diarrhea and require access to safe, sanitary latrines and large quantities of water for keeping themselves and their surroundings clean.

Improved water supply and sanitation can reduce the frequency of diarrhea.  The incidence of malaria can also be reduced when mosquito breeding areas caused by insufficient drainage are eliminated.

The UN report argues that there is a lack of research on the role the water sector plays for people living with HIV/AIDS.  Thus far, the disease has been treated as an epidemic and not considered a chronic disease or socio-economic problem. The emphasis, therefore is heavily placed on treatment and prevention.

Neither international organizations nor country governments have looked closely at the implications and potential contributions of the water sector in combating the disease and a remarkably small amount of academic research has been done on the subject.

A nearby and reliable supply of water, including for small-scale production and sanitary latrines, allows those infected by HIV/AIDS to continue productive activities and reduces the workload for caregivers. Due to lack of access to safe water for preparing infant formula, many HIV positive women breastfeed even though this exposes their babies to HIV.

If a reliable source of safe water and infant formula can be provided until the baby starts to eat solid foods at six months of age, the generational spread of the virus can be reduced.

The World Bank supported Water Supply and Sanitation programme is one leading organization that has established the link between water supply and sanitation and HIV/AIDS.

WSP-Africa recently engaged with partners to discuss  the strategic role of water in the alleviation of HIV/AIDS and Poverty.  At the Pretoria, South Africa Think Tank Meeting on 26-29 November, Senior Specialist Barbara Mwila Kazimbaya-Senkwe asked, “How can the Water Sector Improve Service Delivery to people living with HIV/AIDS in Africa’s Low Income Peri-Urban Areas?”.

 “It is necessary for the global HIV/AIDS community to work with the global water community to develop a consensus list of prioritized research needed on water and sanitation and HIV/AIDS,” said Dr. Kate Tulenko, a public health specialist of the Water and Sanitation Program.

 “With combined efforts of the AIDS and water communities, WaSH services can be offered to people living with HIV/AIDS to improve their health, relieve the caregiving burden, preserve human dignity, and fulfill the call for every sector to participate in the fight against HIV/AIDS”. 

People affected by HIV/AIDS are often marginalized by society and face extraordinary difficulties in accessing safe water and sanitation, while both is vital to their health.

Another global body- the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC)  promotes close linkages of WASH and HIV/AIDS sectors to increase dignity and well-being of infected people as well as their families.

According to a 2008 report by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), 33.4 million people worldwide live with HIV and new infections now number 2.7 million annually. It is estimated that 2 million deaths occurred due to AIDS-related illnesses worldwide. Hundreds of millions more are affected through loss of parents, children, or colleagues.

Though a global pandemic, sub-Saharan Africa is most severely affected with 22.4 million HIV-positive people. South Asia and South-East Asia follow with 3.7 million infected. Poverty, including insufficient access to water supply and sanitation services, exacerbates the spread of HIV/AIDS; the highest burden of disease is found in regions with widespread poverty.

Diseases related to poverty, such as diarrhoeal and skin diseases, are the most common for people suffering from HIV/AIDS. Moreover, access to improved Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) services is also important for health and livelihoods in general, helping to prevent exposure to infection. These are clear reasons to facilitate the collaboration between the WASH and HIV/AIDS sectors.

Other cross-cutting issues include water quantity and quality and the training of family members, especially of caregivers, to support safe handling of water and maintaining hygienic conditions for those infected.

October 10, 2011

Experts converge in Mumbai to discuss global sanitation challenges

                                                                                               By Edmund Smith-Asante           

Global and National bodies working in the Sanitation sector as well as leading sector practitioners have converged in Mumbai India to discuss sanitation challenges facing about 2.6 billion people worldwide.

In India, for every 1,000 children, 87 die before they reach age five (5), while national water coverage is 87% but sanitation trails at 30% nationally in the country, according to reports from UNICEF.

For Nigeria in Africa, the United Nations agency says out of a 1,000 children, 198 die before they celebrate their 5th birthday, the national coverage for water is 60%, while for sanitation it is 38%.

In Ethiopia, children who die before they are five are 169 for every 1,000, while the coverage figures for water and sanitation are 22% and 6% respectively, according to the same UNICEF source.

October 10, 2011

WSSCC official charges Journalists to ‘keep asking questions’

Amanda Marlin, Programme Manager, Advocacy and Communications, WSSCC

                                                              By Babatope Babalobi

“Keep asking questions. Sanitation and hygiene are not glamorous issues that you can easily get into the front pages of the media.

You have an incredible role to play in terms of transparency, in terms of ensuring there is public accountability. You need to ask great questions that will put service providers and regulators on their foot.

Use your expertise, professional skills, and enthusiasm to keep asking questions on how Sanitation and Hygiene services can be effectively delivered to the people. ”

-Amanda Marlin, Programme Manager, Advocacy and Communications, WSSCC at a Training workshop for West Africa WASH Journalists during the Global Forum on Sanitation, Mumbai, India, October 9, 2011

October 9, 2011

WSSCC's Global Sanitation Forum updates

You have the access that no body has, and it is so important to tell the story and and tell in from the peoples perspective. Journalists have to become advocate for your cause, and you can only do that by becoming experts in your field

- Dr Mona Khana, Medical Journalist and Contributor to Fox Chicago News during a Training workshop for West Africa WASH Journalists during the Global Forum on Sanitation, Mumbai, India, October 9, 2011

October 9, 2011

WSSCC official charges Journalists to 'keep asking questions'

“Keep asking questions. Sanitation and hygiene are not glamorous issues that you can easily get into the front pages of the media.

You have an incredible role to play in terms of transparency, in terms of ensuring there is public accountability. You need to ask great questions that will put service providers and regulators on their foot.

Use your expertise, professional skills, and enthusiasm to keep asking questions on how Sanitation and Hygiene services can be effectively delivered to the people. “

-Amanda Marlin, Programme Manager, Advocacy and Communications, WSSCC at a Training workshop for West Africa WASH Journalists during the Global Forum on Sanitation, Mumbai, India, October 9, 2011

October 9, 2011

Experts converge in Mumbai to discuss global sanitation challenges

By Edmund Smith-Asante

Global and National bodies working in the Sanitation sector as well as leading sector practitioners have converged in Mumbai India to discuss sanitation challenges facing about 2.6 billion people worldwide.

In India, for every 1,000 children, 87 die before they reach age five (5), while national water coverage is 87% but sanitation trails at 30% nationally in the country, according to reports from UNICEF.

For Nigeria in Africa, the United Nations agency says out of a 1,000 children, 198 die before they celebrate their 5th birthday, the national coverage for water is 60%, while for sanitation it is 38%.

In Ethiopia, children who die before they are five are 169 for every 1,000, while the coverage figures for water and sanitation are 22% and 6% respectively, according to the same UNICEF source.
Thirty-seven (37) out of 1,000 of China’s children also die before their fifth birthday, while national water coverage is 77% and sanitation 44%.
For Ghana as well, the number of child deaths before age five (5) per every 1,000 as at 2009 was 50, while national coverage for drinking water was 82% and 13% for improved sanitation as at 2008 (UNICEF).

Also, 125 of every 1,000 of Iraq’s infants die before age five (5), whereas water coverage is at 81% and sanitation 80%, a rare occurrence in water and sanitation ratio, according to short profiles that include a summary of the water and sanitation status in 37 countries where UNICEF works.
Most of the children who die before attaining age five, statistics show, die mostly out of diseases caused by the lack of proper hygiene in handling food, nutrition, potable water, and improved sanitation.

Annual child mortality in a host of countries globally, add up to about 9 million of all children who die each year, from preventable and treatable illnesses before reaching their fifth birthday, and constitute a portion of the 2.6 billion peoples of the world who daily go without improved sanitation and proper hygiene observation and education.

Diarrhoea’s contribution to child mortality

According to rehydrate.org, a rehydration project embarked upon by the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council and other partners, 2.2 million children will die from diarrhoea and related diseases this year.

It continues that 80% of them will die in the first two years of their life; 42,000 a week, 6,000 a day, four every minute and one every fourteen seconds.
The site continues that Diarrhoea is the passage of loose or watery stools occurring three or more times in a 24-hour period, listing the three types of diarrhoea as acute diarrhoea, persistent diarrhoea and dysentery.

If an episode of diarrhoea lasts less than 14 days, it is acute diarrhoea, which causes dehydration and contributes to malnutrition, whereas the death of a child with acute diarrhoea is usually due to dehydration, the site states.

If the diarrhoea lasts 14 days or more, it is persistent diarrhoea. Up to 20% of episodes of diarrhoea become persistent and often causes nutritional problems, creating the risk of malnutrition and serious non-intestinal infection as well as dehydration, it continues.

Diarrhoea with blood in the stool – with or without mucus – is called dysentery and is very dangerous because of its ability to lead to anorexia, rapid weight loss, and damage to the intestinal mucosa and sepsis, according to information gathered by the project.

The project states further that although the global under-five mortality from acute diarrhoea has decreased from 4.5 million to 1.8 million annually, acute diarrhoea continues to take a huge toll on children’s health in developing countries (WHO 2006). Diarrhoea again represents a significant burden on the health system, the household, and the nutritional status of children (Bateman and McGahey 2001).

Diarrhoea is the second leading killer of children under the age of five, accounting for approximately 15% of under-five child deaths worldwide, or almost two million deaths annually (WHO 2003).
However, though the means to prevent diarrhoea through water supply, sanitation, and hygiene have been well documented, each year roughly one and one half billion episodes of acute diarrhoea occur among children under the age of five, the Rehydration Project has also documented.

Further, according to WaterAid, an international Non-Governmental Organisation, “1.4 million children die every year from diarrhoea caused by unclean water and poor sanitation – 4,000 child deaths a day or one child every 20 seconds.”

Available statistics also indicate that 65% of all child deaths are from three causes, which are Acute Respiratory Tract infections which now kill 3.6 million children each year, Diarrhoeal diseases which are responsible for about 2.2 million child deaths every year and preventable diseases: measles, tuberculosis, tetanus, diphtheria, polio, and pertussis, also responsible for some 2.1 million child deaths every year. Of all these, almost 1 million are attributed to measles.

WSSCC’s rescue plan
It is to deal with this global albatross that the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC), together with a host of partners, including the Government of India, Government of Maharashtra, SHARE (Sanitation and Hygiene Applied Research for Equity), Sulabh, Unilever, WaterAid, UNICEF South Asia, Plan International, Freshwater Action Network/FAN-South Asia, ANEW, The CLTS Foundation, Public Private Partnership for Handwashing with Soap (PPPHW), WIN (Water Integrity Network), CREPA, Arghyam, EAWAG, IDE, IDS, International Water Association, WASH United, and WSP are holding a Global Forum on Sanitation and Hygiene in the Indian city of Mumbai (Bombay) from October 9, 2011 to October 14, 2011.

The event, according to the organisers, offers a prime opportunity to share ideas on leadership, skills, knowledge, behaviour change and actions that can improve the lives of the 2.6 billion people in the world without safe sanitation and hygiene.
They opine that the forum will not be a talk shop but will instead, facilitate learning and sharing between practitioners, policymakers and other experts inside and outside of the sanitation sector, and will energize professional communities by focusing exclusively on sanitation and hygiene.

It is also expected to showcase knowledge, investment, communications, advocacy, partnership and networking approaches, as well as strengthen national, regional, South-South, and global dialogue and collaboration and includes the plenary, break-out and workshop sessions, each with dynamic speakers and presentations.

Some topics for the plenary sessions are: Inspire to Act; Breaking the Mould; What Changes Behaviour; Getting from Small to Big; Looking at Sanitation from the Lens of the Vulnerable; What Success Would Look Like with an Equity Lens; Sharing Across the Regional Sanitation Conferences; Regional Reports on Key Actions; Closing Plenary: Where Do We Go From Here?

For Break-out sessions some of the topics will be: Exploring Private Sector Partnerships in Behaviour Change; Rewards, Sanctions and Benchmarking as Tools for Behaviour Change; WASH Advocacy: How to Win Minds and Hearts; Total Sanitation: Reaching Many Millions; The CLTS Debate; Communications for Change; Urban Sanitation at Scale; Designing for the Human Life Cycle; Governance for Equity; Monitoring for Equity; Financing for Equity; Knowledge and Network Partnerships.

There will also be training sessions on Communications for Behavioural Impact (COMBI); CLTS 101: An Introduction; Sanitation Marketing; Equitable Service Delivery; Using Dev Info to Monitor Equity in Human Development; Monitoring Behaviour Change as well as urban and rural sanitation field visits.

Commenting on the forum, Anna Tibaijuka, Chair, Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council, said “What is needed, today, is serious engagement around the sorts of programmes and policies that are going to help us reach beyond 2015 – to a world where all people have access to decent sanitation and hygiene. As a global community we need to agree what is needed, how to get there, and what skills we need to achieve results.”

Launch of Global Community of Practice
A special feature of this year’s Global Forum will be the launch of a “Global Community of Practice for Sanitation and Hygiene.”

WSSCC is launching the initiative in response to sector demand for collaborative learning in sanitation and hygiene and it will be a space for honest and frank debate across
sanitation and hygiene thematic areas, to share experiences, lessons learned, successes and failures and identify best practices through national-international and South-South exchange.

Although over 40 sector professionals discussed this concept at the World Water Week in Stockholm 2011, the organizers believe the real conversation will start when the global gathering of participants at WSSCC’s Global Forum identify pressing questions and learning opportunities that will determine the focus of the “Community of Practice” for the coming year.

Top-level Speakers:
Top-level speakers for the forum include professionals in government and business including Sri Jayaram Ramesh, the Minister of Rural Development, Government of India; Prithviraj Chavan, Chief Minister of Maharashtra (TBC); Bindheshwar Pathak, Sulabh; and Rohini Nilekani, Founder-Chairperson of Arghyam.

Dr. Robert Aunger, a leading researcher in Evolutionary Public Health with the Hygiene Center at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, will also give a keynote speech on the science of behavior change.
From the BBC World Service Trust will be Siddharta Swarup, who will present how “Communications does its magic” in fostering social and economic development.

There will be in-depth reflections led by speakers from Unilever, IDE Cambodia and BRAC on the private sector’s participation and supply chains in providing latrines, soap and sanitary napkins in “Exploring private sector partnerships in behavior change.” Social entrepreneurs David Kuria of Ecotact in Kenya, and Anshu Gupta of Goonj – both distinguished ASHOKA Fellows – will for their part, present inspiring stories of change : be it from franchising public toilets in Africa or the ”production of sanitary napkins from recycled cloth.”
Global Participation

WSSCC has taken into consideration every aspect of the conference which is attracting hundreds of people, including participants at the six-day forum, and has therefore made sure 90% of the participants are coming from the places where the 2.6 billion people in the world without safe sanitation and hygiene live, mainly from sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and China. According to them, “this will foster a dynamic and interactive atmosphere for South-South knowledge exchange and partnership building.”

WSSCC itself is sponsoring a large number of participants from many developing countries through its Bursary Fund process with support from SHARE and UNICEF.

These include Angola, Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, India, Iran, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mongolia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Vietnam and Zimbabwe.

October 6, 2011

CAMERWASH intégré dans le renforcement des capacités AEPHA des collectivités Centrafricaines

Dans le cadre de la poursuite de l’objectif de mise sur pieds d’un réseau national des journalistes WASH au Cameroun et en Afrique centrale sur le modèle WASH-JN, le Réseau des journalistes WASH du Cameroun (CAMERWASH-JN) s’est joint à une descente d’évaluation du Projet d’Appui au Renforcement des capacités des collectivités Centrafricaines

October 6, 2011

ADB, OPEC to spend US$61M on water projects in S/Leone

By Mustapha Sesay mustaphasesay2007@yahoo.com

 

The government through its development partners, namely the African Development Bank (ADB) and the OPEC Fund for International Development has provided sixty-one million United States Dollars ($US61M) for the provision of water and sanitation in the Cities of BO, Kenema and Makeni that have been going through acute water shortages over the years.

The project which will be implemented by the Sierra Leone Water Company (SLAWACO) through the WATSAN project would be supervised by the Ministry of Energy and Water Resources.

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