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1 April 2020

GENEVA – The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) is in full support of the action plan launched by the UN Secretary-General on Tuesday to address the socio-economic impacts of the COVID-19 crisis. In a new report, Shared responsibility, global solidarity: Responding to the socio-economic impacts of COVID-19, Mr Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the […]

18 March 2020

At a time when the global community is hit by the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the importance of safe sanitation and hygiene to prevent diseases and live a healthy and fulfilling life is more obvious than ever before. Safe sanitation and hygiene does not only impact on people’s health. It also impacts on livelihoods, […]

18 March 2020

  National governments are responding to the Coronavirus on an unprecedented scale. In addition to school closures and bans on large gatherings, borders are closing, flights are cancelled and whole populations are in lockdown as we collectively try to contain the virus. Each of us is touched by this very public health emergency. We are […]

3 March 2020

A conversation with WSSCC member Dr Asad Umar  By Raza Naqvi Dr Asad Umar’s professional journey began 20 years ago with the completion of his PhD in hydrogeology at the prestigious Aligarh Muslim University. Then came the Bhuj Earthquake in Gujarat in 2001 where he worked relentlessly to make water accessible to the victims. That […]

25 February 2020

By Trupti Ashtankar and Charlotte Jenner Mumbai, India – In many communities across India, menstruation and related hygiene practices are socially and culturally sensitive issues, shrouded in silence and perpetuated by myths or social taboos. As a result, women (and men) often lack essential information about the cause of menstruation, as well as safe menstrual […]

27 December 2019

‘Clean Nigeria: Use the toilet’ campaign scores an achievement in Gwer East By Machrine Birungi and United Purpose GENEVA, Benue State – On 19 December, 2019, the people of Gwer East Local Government Area (LGA) in Benue state of Nigeria celebrated a spectacular achievement. The area was declared open defecation free (ODF), implying that the […]

19 November 2019

How people’s lives are improved once they have a toilet to use Ahead of World Toilet Day, which is marked annually on 19 November, WSSCC’s acting Executive Director, Sue Coates, has been speaking to UN News about how to end open defecation. What is open defecation and where is it mostly practiced? Open defecation is […]

7 November 2019

Making open defecation free campaign a reality NAROK, Kenya – Village Sanitation Committees are busy spearheading the drive in Kenya’s rural sides to accelerate progress on making villages free from open defecation by encouraging the local people to shift from the generations-long practice to proper toilet use. Inadequate access to sanitation and hygiene has long […]

6 November 2019

Nepal’s sanitation campaign making a difference in Majhi By: Charles Dickson MAJHI, Nepal – Recently, the national campaign to end open defecation across Nepal arrived in Sunaina Devi’s village, and it promises to be transformational. Sunaina lives in Majhi, a village of 104 impoverished people in Nepal’s Terai region. Majhi’s huts of mud, thatch and […]

26 July 2019

GENEVA – Earlier in June, WSSCC had the opportunity to interview Mr Leo Heller, Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation appointed by the United Nations Human Rights Council. Here is what he has to say about the striking connection between sanitation and human rights. WSSCC: First of all, why […]

16 July 2019

Ms Hind Khatib-Othman is currently the Chair of the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) having assumed this role in late 2018. Ms Khatib-Othman brings extensive leadership capabilities and a deep knowledge of international development work to the role, including grant making and programme finance operations. Since joining she has been keen to reinvigorate […]

18 March 2019

At this year’s Commission on the Status of Women, the plight of many women, girls and marginalized groups who face barriers to safely accessing water and sanitation (WASH) services in public spaces took center stage at a side event entitled, Empowerment of Women and Girls through Access to Public Services – including Water, Sanitation and […]