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29 May 2020

By Renu Kshetry GAURIJANG, Nepal – A team of government officials, medical officers and sanitation professionals is intensifying their effort to provide the necessary support to poor and marginalized communities in the easternmost district of Nepal as many of the community members are confined and their movement is restricted due to the fight against coronavirus. […]

29 May 2020

Maintaining person-to-person contact despite a pandemic lockdown By Renu Kshetry KATHMANDU, Nepal – 60-year-old Sabitri knew that handwashing and staying home were critical measures in preventing the spread of COVID-19. But until she received a phone call from a researcher, she admitted she had not been taking them seriously. “But since you called,” she told […]

24 May 2020

By Renu Kshetry Communicate effective measures to prevent COVID-19 KATHMANDU, Nepal – Faced with a major challenge of dealing with the possible outbreak of COVID-19, ward officials of Kispang Rural Municipality in central Nepal are using the lockdown period to intensify the ongoing campaign to create awareness of handwashing with soap and water as a […]

3 April 2020

By Renu Kshetry, KATHMANDU, Nepal – Just like the rest of the world, Nepal has taken preventive measures to contain the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), announcing a lockdown from 23 March until further notice. The national lockdown involves long-distance buses being halted, non-essential services being shut and international flights to and from Tribhuvan International Airport […]

17 March 2020

By Renu Kshetry As far back as she can remember, Lakhani Devi Rishidev’s family has never owned their own land. “How could they ever save to buy land? They never even had enough to feed the family,” she says. The stalwart 60-year-old grandmother of seven lives with her sons and their families in a flimsy […]

8 March 2020

de Renu Kshetry M. Shrestha a poussé un soupir de soulagement lorsqu’en septembre dernier, son rêve de voir le Népal déclaré « pays libéré de la défécation en plein air » est devenu réalité. Aujourd’hui âgé de 60 ans, Namaste Lal Bhoomi Shrestha a passé 36 ans de sa vie dans le domaine de l’approvisionnement en eau et de l’assainissement. […]

4 March 2020

By Renu Kshetry Shrestha heaved a sigh of relief when his dream of declaring Nepal an open defecation free country became a reality last September. Now 60 years old, Namaste Lal Bhoomi Shrestha has spent 36 years of his life in the water and sanitation field, including as Senior Sanitation Specialist at the United Nations […]

27 February 2020

Peer-to-peer sharing set to accelerate a sanitation campaign in Cambodia By Renu Kshetry KATHMANDU, Nepal – A five-day examination of Nepal’s implementation strategies to achieve open defecation free (ODF) status has equipped 18 delegates visiting from Cambodia with a number of best practices they plan to put to good use back home. The peer-to-peer learning […]

25 February 2020

La destruction des huttes menstruelles, un signal puissant, mais comment démanteler les mentalités ? de Renu Kshetry « Je n’ai jamais compris pourquoi on m’avait laissée dans une pièce sombre pendant 7 jours quand j’ai eu mes premières règles », raconte Bunu Dhungana, « ou pourquoi on me considérait intouchable pendant quatre jours chaque mois. » Dans son pays d’origine, le […]

24 February 2020

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, […]

27 January 2020

In September 2019, the Government of Nepal declared the country ‘open defecation free’ (ODF). Leading up to this milestone, the Government of Nepal and other sector partners focused on the challenging Terai plains – the ‘last mile’ of Nepal’s Sanitation Campaign. This Case Study documents the key success factors from WSSCC’s Global Sanitation Fund programme […]

21 January 2020

Dans une école rurale, les filles peuvent désormais rester à l’école en période de menstruation Renu Kshetry NUWAKOT, Népal — Dans un village népalais, une écolière de 15 ans raconte comment ses parents lui ont demandé, trois ans plus tôt, de s’isoler pendant cinq jours lorsqu’elle a eu ses premières règles. « J’ai été forcée de […]