The 6th National Hygiene and Environmental Health experience sharing forum was conducted from 26-28 February 2015 in Dire Dawa on the theme promoting Sanitary, Safe and Green living and working environment in Ethiopia. Close to 200 participants coming from the different regions and representatives of different development partners operating in the nations participated in the three day event and deliberated on the various issues and challenges related to the promotion of hygiene and environmental sanitation across the nation.
Ferocious floods that have hit fifteen of Malawi’s twenty eight districts have destroyed thousands of latrines in Phalombe and Chikhwawa, where Global Sanitation Fund-supported projects are being implemented - certainly a call for innovative programming to respond to the impact of the calamity that threatens to erode the sanitation and hygiene gains registered in the two districts so far.
In a safe and supportive environment, thirty girls from Haikou, China, sat down on February 5 to talk with each other and learn from experts about an important but little discussed topic that will impact their lives for the next 40 years: menstruation.
Some 76% of Chinese women are uncomfortable in a social setting -- a dinner with friends or family, for example – while having their period, participants learned today at a special seminar hosted by the global hygiene company SCA and its affiliate Vinda International together with WSSCC.
Menstrual hygiene is still a taboo subject, neglected in adolescent girls’ and women’s health, education and quality of life. Even sectors such as water and sanitation, which routinely deal with unmentionables such as excreta, ignore girls’ and women’s need for safe spaces to manage menstrual hygiene and mechanisms for safe disposal of materials used to absorb menstrual blood.
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Sanitation professionals from GSF programmes in Benin and Madagascar joined their GSF counterparts in Togo in a workshop held mid-January in the capital, Lomé. Around 70 participants, including EU and Togolese government delegates pooled collective experience in promoting improved sanitation and gained a better understanding of the context, aims and intervention of the Global Sanitation Fund.
Durant le dernier trimestre de l’année 2014, la mise en oeuvre du programme conjoint a été marquée par une série d’événements internes et externes qui ont constitué d’importants défis. Tout d’abord, le renvoi de la Conférence AfricaSan a entrainé le report de différentes activités qui avaient pour but de mettre en lumière les besoins spécifiques des femmes et des filles en matière d’hygiène et d’assainissement dans la région.