The 4th AfricaSan conference, scheduled to be held in Dakar, Senegal from 8 – 10 October 2014 has been postponed.
AfricaSan, which is the foremost continental event on sanitation and hygiene, is scheduled to take place in May 2015.
In a press statement issued by the Executive Secretary of the Secretariat of the African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW), the decision to postpone the meeting is due to the major health challenge of the Ebola crisis.
AMCOW, in consultation with the Government of Senegal considered the need to take proactive actions aimed at reducing the chances of the continued spread of Ebola, and the travel ban which certain countries have placed on some of the worst affected West African countries.
AMCOW Executive Secretary, Bai Mass Tall announced, “we took this decision out of a sense of responsibility that we do not inadvertently create an environment that has potentials to continue the Ebola spread. We also want to ensure that no country is left out from participating in this important conference which we need to convene to discuss how to make sanitation for all a reality in Africa as we march beyond 2015.”
WSSCC is a supporting partner and co-convener of AfricaSan along with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the European Commission and other development partners.
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