On 20th December 2012, Plan International Cambodia and the Ministry of Rural Development (MRD) have launched the training module for Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS), School and Community Water, Hygiene and Sanitation (WASH) and Sanitation Marketing.
Water For People-Malawi takes a step back and asks some probing questions about the effectiveness of micro-financing sanitation. Through one woman's story , Water For People looks beyond the repayment/default ratios and statistics to understand whether micro-finance can catalyze a longer term relationship between humans and their toilets.
This week, Plan Tanzania officially joined the Global Sanitation Fund family after signing a contract to serve as the lead implementing partner, known as an Executing Agency (EA), in the country. The three-year contract will enable the Tanzania programme – launched officially in June 2012 and known as the Usafi wa Mazingira Tanzani (UMATA) in Kiswahili – to move forward rapidly.
The travelling mega-campaign known as the Nirmal Bharat Yatra, or “Great WASH Yatra,” concluded 19 November in Bettiah, Bihar, India, after having successfully traversed five Indian states and some 2,000 kilometres, The Yatra, supported by WSSCC (which contributed the focus on menstrual hygiene management), was an interactive awareness-raising and advocacy platform that focused specifically on sanitation and hygiene.
This week, WSSCC is contributing to a number of sessions at the World Toilet Summit 2012, being held this week in Durban, South Africa. On the opening day, 4 December, Advocacy and Communications Programme Manager Amanda Marlin, together with sector expert Piers Cross, discussed how to go from the status quo to sanitation for all Africans.
The water quality problem in India is severe in many pockets of the country. It has been learnt that there are comparatively less efforts toward addressing the problems related to water quality by government and other agencies in India. We have examples where the youth could not find jobs in organizations or public sector agencies those take physical fitness test by looking in each parameter of health of a person. In majority of cases the health authorities are not aware about the severity of endemic water quality problems in their area. The institutional coordination and knowledge networking efforts are shockingly negligible. This article tells that what the agencies and government should consider in such situation.