WSSCC live at AfricaSan: our correspondents have it covered!


The 4th African Conference on Sanitation and Hygiene taking place this week is a unique opportunity to promote political prioritization of sanitation and hygiene and to track progress towards achieving the eThekwini commitments. WSSCC is committed to making sanitation in Africa a success: With over 1,000 members, 10 Global Sanitation Fund programmes and 11 National Coordinators, the continent is the beating heart of WSSCC.

Read some of our reports at our dedicated blog site, or click on the individual articles below!

WASH champions celebrated at AfricaSan Awards
By Okechukwu Umelo

For a minute, I thought I was attending the Oscars or Grammys. The 2015 AfricaSan awards, held at the King Fahd Palace in Dakar on 26 May, was a night of glitz and glamour. A red carpet was rolled out to welcome participants who enjoyed a gala dinner and vibrant music and theater performances from local artists.

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Review of eThekwini commitments at AfricaSan 4: Progress still slow, new commitments expected
By Alain Tossounon

Seven years after the commitments made in eThekwini, The African world is meeting in Senegal for the 4th Conference on Sanitation and Hygiene. The meeting in Dakar could be the opportunity for yet another new start. However, the review of the commitments made in Kigali, Rwanda, shows that, although some countries have made significant efforts, others are still lagging behind. A spurt of effort is now needed to ensure universal access to sanitation in all countries on the continent.

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Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM): Possible solutions for breaking taboos
By Idrissa Sane

Dismantling the prejudices that surround menstruation is a topic that concerns organizations such as UN Women and WSSCC, which recently organized a panel discussion on the issue. The speakers invited mothers to discuss the matter with their daughters. They also suggested developing persuasive arguments and offering training to teachers. Some believe that school is a useful starting point for launching the debate.

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“In this room, we have the answers.” – WSSCC/GSF family gathers for global learning and sharing event
By Okechukwu Umelo

“The discussion between you can fertilize thinking,” said Chris Williams, Executive Director of the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) at the Global Sanitation Fund (GSF) learning and sharing event in Dakar, Senegal. “In this room, we have the answers,” he continued.

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Engaging communities in Matam, Senegal
By Alma Felic and Okechukwu Umelo

Last week, the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) family, including Global Sanitation Fund (GSF) programme managers and WSSCC National Coordinators, visited rural communities in the region of Matam, Senegal. It was an unprecedented opportunity to engage with communities and hear about their successes and challenges related to water, sanitation and hygiene. Browse through the photos and captions below to learn more.

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From eThekwini to Ngor: A bumpy road for sanitation
By Raphael Mweninguwe in Dakar, Senegal

The road from eThekwini, in South Africa, to Ngor, in Senegal, has been a very rough and bumpy one in as far as improving access to billions of people in Africa is concerned, experts admit.

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