This briefing paper highlights some of the complex factors relating to equitable access to sanitation in South Asia, by illustrating case studies from countries across the region. It analyses barriers to access through the lens of social, economic, political, geographic, environmental and administrative factors.
The fifth SACOSAN conference –a government-led biennial convention held on a rotational basis in each of the eight countries off South Asia – concluded 24 October in Kathmandu, Nepal, with a call “to an open defecation free South Asia by 2023 and to progressively move towards sustainable environmental sanitation.”
WSSCC expresses its condolences to the family of Ms. Parveen Rehman, a well known social worker in Pakistan who served as Director of the Orangi Pilot Project. Ms. Rehman was murdered on Wednesday 13 March outside of her office in Orangi Town, which is in the northwestern part of Karachi.
Wells cleaning and disinfection is an innovative approache which was started by IRSP, Pakistan with the financial and technical support of SCD in flood-affected districts Charsadda and Nowshehra, where more than 50% of population were dependant upon dug wells for drinking water. These wells were severely contaminated and destroyed by the flood waters in July 2010. The initial phase of project enabled 2,200 housholds (26,000 population aprox.) to access clean drinking water via rehabilitation, cleaning and disinfection of wells.
Read the 2012 Progress Report on WSSCC's Global Sanitation Fund (GSF) which has impacted some 102,970 people so far. Details of programmes being implemented in Cambodia, India, Madagascar, Malawi, Nepal, Senegal and Uganda, together with People's Voices telling their stories are just some of features of this publication.