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17 April 2020

Interview WASH specialist and WSSCC member on the fight against COVID-19 in Benin By Alain Tossounon COTONOU, Benin – Like many countries in the world, Benin has been undergoing the coronavirus pandemic for weeks. In response to the crisis, several measures have been taken by the government, including handwashing with soap and water. However, Edmond […]

17 April 2020

By Raza Naqvi DELHI, India – In a show of interfaith unity, spiritual leaders from all religious denominations across India came together to address a special webinar on fighting the novel Coronavirus, organised by the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA), in partnership with WSSCC and with technical support from UNICEF. Faith-based leaders presented how their […]

16 April 2020

By Olajide Adelana ABUJA, Nigeria – While as many as 343 confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are reported as of 15 April, Nigeria is stepping up its advocacy campaign, advising people to practice good hand hygiene – by washing hands with soap and water or alcohol-based sanitizers – among other prevention measures based on […]

16 April 2020

By Raza Naqvi DELHI, India – In the world’s second most populous nations, shame and stigma stops millions of girls from learning about their own bodies. “In India, the biggest challenge to educating people about their periods is shame,” says Aditi Gupta, an activist who founded a unique, fun and educational comic book for girls. […]

15 April 2020

By Philip Son and Technical experts, WSSCC Geneva – Last week — on World Health Day — the World Health Organization (WHO) released an Executive Summary on the state of the world’s nursing, highlighting the crucial role that nurses play in reaching the Sustainable Development Goals and the support that the workforce needs over the coming […]

9 April 2020

Par Alain Tossounon DJOUGOU, Benin – En réponse au Covid-19, l’agence de mise en œuvre (DEDRAS ONG) du Programme d’Amélioration des Pratiques d’Hygiène et d’Assainissement en milieu Rural (PAPHyR), un programme financé par WSSCC, a entrepris des actions dans sa zone d’intervention. Avec 26 cas et 1 décès enregistrés, le Bénin est entré, depuis une […]

6 April 2020

By Hoby Randrianimanana ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar – A recent Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) conducted by UNICEF and INSTAT (Madagascar National Institute of Statistics) on WASH in Madagascar has shown a significant decrease in drinking water coverage – from 54% (reported by WHO/UNICEF JMP) in 2017 to 41% in 2018. The same survey reveals a major […]

6 April 2020

By Olajide Adelana ABUJA, Nigeria – WSSCC’s National Coordinator for Nigeria, Elizabeth Jeiyol, has commended Nigeria’s effort to institutionalize and diversify Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) at all administrative levels. She gave the commendation in Abuja on 19 March 2020 during a two-day sensitization workshop for state focal officers, as part of the “Clean Nigeria: […]

6 April 2020

Gulpers and Briquettes By Kevin Mwanza KAMPALA, Uganda – A new breed of Ugandan sanitation entrepreneurs is making a business out of emptying pit latrines in Kampala. Using hand-powered pumps known as gulpers, they extract faecal sludge from pits across the capital city where a handful of the population is served by a sewerage network. […]

6 April 2020

GENÈVE — Le Conseil de concertation pour l’approvisionnement en eau et l’assainissement (WSSCC) soutient pleinement le plan d’action lancé mardi dernier par le Secrétaire Général des Nations Unies pour remédier aux impacts socio-économiques de la crise engendrée par le Covid-19. Dans un nouveau rapport intitulé « Shared responsibility, global solidarity: Responding to the socio-economic impacts of COVID-19 » […]

6 April 2020

GENÈVE — La fermeture des frontières européennes et des pays à haut revenu est inédite en temps de paix, mais pour les 3 milliards de personnes qui ne disposent pas d’une installation de base dans leur maison pour se laver les mains, la lutte contre les maladies évitables telles que le Covid-19, le choléra, la poliomyélite, […]

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 […]