Join us and take a look back at some of the most notable activities that shaped the past 12 months of the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC).
January: WSSCC and GIWA spread the word about sanitation at the Kumbh Mela festival in India – A faith-based festival presented an extraordinary opportunity for the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance and WSSCC to raise awareness about the life-changing benefits of proper sanitation and hygiene.
“This auspicious event sees tens of millions of pilgrims gathering in one place. As India and the world watch, there is no better place to promote the rights of girls and women through sanitation and hygiene,” said Sue Coates, WSSCC Executive Director a.i.
February: WSSCC facilitated vital sessions at the 5th AfricaSan in South Africa – The 5th African Conference on Sanitation and Hygiene in South Africa allowed WSSCC staff to elevate their voices on how to promote sanitation and hygiene and to track progress toward achieving the Ngor Declaration.
Work on Menstrual Health and Hygiene (MHH) kept WSSCC busy in February. In Pakistan, WSSCC co-organized the first national-level training of trainers on MHH with UNICEF, German Technical Cooperation Agency, WaterAid, and other national development organizations.
March: WSSCC hosted a side event to observe World Water Day
During the 63rd session of the Commission on the Status of Women, WSSCC and partners co-organized a side session to empower women and girls through access to public services.
April: WSSCC in partnership with IRC Uganda organized an MHH learning visit to Kenya
IRC Uganda and WSSCC held a learning visit to get updates on Kenyan government policies in support of MHH as well as gain insights from good practices used by the Kenya Water for Health Organisation (KWAHO), a non-profit organization in Kwale County.
May: WSSCC pushed for a Global collective to advance menstrual rights
In celebration of Menstrual Hygiene Day, Sue Coates, WSSCC Executive Director a.i., penned an op-ed article published on the SDG Knowledge hub pushing for global collective efforts to advance menstrual rights.
June: WSSCC’s community-led approach to sanitation empowered villages in Madagascar to end open defecation
Our partner, the Global Citizen, featured an article on our community triggering approach to sanitation and hygiene. “Flies can transfer fecal material to the food and then to the mouth.” The discussion between the residents and practitioners awakened community members to the benefits of open defecation free status.
July: Dutch delegate visits WSSCC-supported programmes in Benin
Ms Joke Baak, a thematic expert on sanitation and hygiene within the Directorate-General of International Cooperation of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, traveled to Benin to assess the progress being made by the Dutch-supported efforts to end open defecation.
August: Making a splash at Stockholm World Water Week 2019
WSSCC joined leaders and experts from the world’s scientific, business, government, and civic communities to exchange views, share experiences, and participate in discussions to find solutions to global water challenges. We co-convened important sessions on behaviour change, accountability for SDG 6, and building ODF nations. WSSCC hosted a series of WASH Talks with special guests in Stockholm.
September: WSSCC’s Statement to the 42nd regular session of the Human Rights Council
“We need to invest more if we want to achieve SDG 6 and the subsequent related SDGs. Sanitation and hygiene are critical for health, decent work, quality of life, a positive learning environment,” WSSCC said in a statement delivered to the 42nd regular session of the Human Rights Council.
October: WSSCC supported partners spearhead Global Handwashing Day activities
United Purpose, the executing agency in Nigeria supported by WSSCC’s Global Sanitation Fund, was extremely active on this milestone day. Twenty schools in Benue and Cross River States appointed students from each environmental health club, championing “Clean Hands for All” with fun activities and demonstrations that were designed to raise awareness on the importance of handwashing with soap.
Kenya Sanitation Conference
In Kenya, WSSCC-supported partners and members grabbed the opportunity provided by the four-day regional conference in Nairobi to showcase their work. Daniel Karanja, a WSSCC member, made a presentation on how men and boys can be engaged in the formulation of menstrual policy and guidelines to implementation of the same.
November: WSSCC seized an opportunity at the global population summit in Kenya
WSSCC, under the African coalition on MHM that includes WASH United, UNFPA, Water Aid, The Case for Her and REJEA, co-hosted two events with the Global Menstrual Health and Hygiene Collective at the ICPD 25 in Nairobi to raise the profile of menstrual health at the Summit.
Shortly after the ICPD conference, the Government of Kenya announced a landmark policy dedicated to menstrual health and hygiene. The policy outlines more robust support for menstrual challenges faced by girls and women across the nation.
World Toilet Day
In recognition of World Toilet Day observed annually on November 19, WSSCC Executive Director a.i., Sue Coates, spoke to the UN News on the ‘Transformational benefits’ of ending outdoor defecation.”
The “Clean Nigeria, Use the Toilet” campaign under the leadership of President Buhari was launched, positioning Nigeria to become open defecation free by 2025. The Rural Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion in Nigeria (RUSHPIN) programme, executed by United Purpose and funded by WSSCC-supported Global Sanitation Fund, has been central to pushing for this campaign.
December: Veteran programme managers exchange ideas on emerging trends in urban sanitation
Gearing up for more strategic engagement in 2020, experienced sanitation professionals and menstrual hygiene specialists from Africa and Asia – most of them from programmes supported by WSSCC’s Global Sanitation Fund – gathered in Maputo, Mozambique to exchange emerging ideas on urban sanitation and learn from each other. The Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor Program (WSUP) and WSSCC co-convened a master class.
WSSCC at the Leave No One Behind Consultation in Rishikesh
“Leave no one behind” remains central to WSSCC. And true to our word, we have ended the year with a consultation in Rishikesh, India, advocating for those left behind.
The conference brought together 14 vulnerable groups, including the women, youths, elderly, people with disabilities, shanty dwellers, homeless women, farmers, manual scavengers, Dalits, Adivasis, migrants and refugees, transgender, sex workers and people living with HIV.
Demolishing menstrual huts, a powerful start, but how do we demolish the mindset? By Renu Kshetry “I never understood why I was kept in a dark room for seven days when I menstruated for the first time,” says Bunu Dhungana, “or why I was considered untouchable for four days every month.” In her native Nepal, […]
by Hoby Randrianimanana ANTSIAFABOSITRA, Madagascar – In 2018, the Madagascar programme of WSSCC’s Global Sanitation Fund (GSF) reported it had helped 2.1 million people become open defecation free (ODF). The programme, Fonds d’Appui pour l’Assainissement (FAA), had also provided 3.7 million with access to sanitation and handwashing facilities. In December 2019, FAA added to those […]
An interview with Alex Manyasi, WSSCC National Coordinator in Kenya By Kevin Mwanza and Sheba Odondi NAIROBI, Kenya – Of Kenya’s population of over 50 million people, an estimated one in ten (five million) still practice open defecation, and more than seven in ten have no hand-washing facilities with soap and water at home. These […]
New innovation offers women and girls the confidence and space to manage their menstruation By Machrine Birungi Nearly 121 million women and adolescent girls in India use on average eight sanitary napkins per menstrual cycle. That translates to 1 million pads generated monthly, which then results into 12 billion pads produced and disposed of annually […]