WSSCC facilitates first-ever “triggering” exercise in China’s Jilin province

Date: 27th August 2012

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In 2011 WSSCC signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with UNICEF China to build a networking, learning and sharing and advocacy relationship with the National Patriotic Health Committee. The MoU’s purpose was to help the Government address the national sanitation challenge of 500 million people without safe and hygienic facilities.

The focus of this work is on helping the Chinese to understand the power of participatory approaches, adapt and adopt them successfully in the Chinese context. In particular the MoU focuses on strengthening hygiene promotion, CLTS and sanitation marketing.

The first activity was a June 2012 China–Cambodia exchange, organized by WSSCC, where nine Chinese government and state level officials visited Cambodia to meet with government, partners and implementers of the GSF-funded Cambodia Rural Sanitation and Hygiene Improvement Project (CR-SHIP), to increase their understanding of community led sanitation programming at scale. “It is a good facilitation for CATS(Community Approaches to Total Sanitation) in China. We can work together to provide services for poor people. The Chinese delegation looks forward to learning new concepts from this mission” said Dong Biao, chief of the National Patriotic Health Campaign Committee Office (NPHCCO) of the Government of China in the Jilin Province.

Field visits, CLTS training, sanitation marketing and stakeholder consultations took place in Cambodia and were followed up in China in July with a “Training of Trainers” workshop and the first-ever sanitation “triggering” in several villages in Jilin province. Sixty participants from the Ministry of Health, CDC, UNICEF, officials and leaders from the provincial, county, township and village levels actively participated in the training workshop. Participants were drawn from five different regions of China. The training was hugely successful:  nine villages triggered over two days of field work generating high enthusiasm amongst rural communities to stop open defecation and improve their latrines.

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