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7 October 2010

Seated beneath a banner proclaiming “Solidarity for Sanitation,” leading public officials and sanitation experts in Nepal today launched the country’s national Global Sanitation Fund (GSF) programme with a $5 million commitment from the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC).

9 July 2020

By Mesfin Gebreyes and Machrine Birungi ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – In this landlocked country of 108 million people, approximately 80 per cent of the population lives in rural communities. This makes spreading public health messages difficult, but Ethiopia has risen to the challenge. Here are some of the ways that Ethiopians are helping their fellow […]

6 July 2020

By Renu Kshetry KATHMANDU, Nepal – In Arghakhanchi district, 460 kilometres west of the Nepalese capital Kathmandu, community schools are being repurposed as quarantine centres during the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of a total sanitation campaign launched in July 2019 by the Global Sanitation Fund (GSF) and UN-Habitat with support from Prakash Awareness Group (PRAG) […]

2 July 2020

By Alain Tossounon Protective masks, handwashing devices, soap and spraying equipment were among the supplies given to the Government of Benin in early June in support of the national response to the coronavirus pandemic. The contribution was made by an organization working in the health and sanitation sector: the Rural Sanitation and Hygiene Practices Improvement […]

26 June 2020

By Alain Tossounon DJOUGOU, Benin – The commune of Djougou in Benin has committed to reaching open defecation free (ODF) status by 2025, following an institutional triggering session led by Global Sanitation Fund (GSF) partners during a capacity-building mission. In Djougou, which has 267,812 inhabitants, one third (322) of localities have already reached ODF status, […]

17 June 2020

By Alain Tossounon COTONOU, Benin – In the ongoing battle against COVID-19, social distancing measures continue to form an essential part of efforts around the world to stop the spread of the disease. At the same time, restrictions on the size of gatherings are also limiting the ability of non-governmental organizations in developing countries to […]

11 June 2020

Par Fawoziatouh Allade, chargée de communication du PAPHyR, le programme du WSSCC au Bénin, soutenu par le Fonds Mondial pour l’Assainissement (GSF) Avec la levée du confinement sanitaire au Bénin et la réouverture des établissements d’enseignement secondaire le 11 mai dernier, la propagation du Covid-19 risque de s’étendre depuis la partie méridionale du pays, en direction […]

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 […]

25 May 2020

La foi au service de l’assainissement By Alain Tossounon Mobilisation et motivation des communautés et engagement d’un petit groupe d’artisans spécialisés : telles ont été les clés de la réussite du combat récemment gagné contre la défécation à l’air libre dans le village Onklou 2, situé à 50 kilomètres de la commune de Djougou, qui […]

24 May 2020

Communicate effective measures to prevent COVID-19 By Renu Kshetry 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 […]

29 April 2020

A learning journey to fight against slippage By Francesca Nava PARAKOU, Benin –  A resounding chant to never go back to open defecation echoes across the Beninese village of Sondi as a group of sanitation professionals pays a visit to help community members realize the positive impact of sanitation and hygiene on their lives. “Mum, Dad, […]