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November 27, 2013

Inclusive toilets for all: A commitment made in SACOSAN V

Nepal hosted the Fifth South Asian Conference on Sanitation (SACOSAN V) from October 22 to 24 in 2013 in Kathmandu. Adopted by all the participating governments and 400+ delegates, SACOSAN’s slogan this time was: “Sanitation for All: All for Sanitation”.

This year, I had a personal connection to SACOSAN V. Based on my presentation earlier this year on WASH and women with disability at a WaterAid-Nepal-hosted event, I was asked to submit a paper to the SACOSAN Technical Group. Shortly after I did, I learnt that my paper had been selected for a presentation in SACOSAN-V. I was very happy. (more…)

November 13, 2013

Linking WASH into health in the South Asia region

Filed under: Advocacy,Diarrhoea,Health,Hygiene,SACOSAN,SACOSAN V,Sanitation — nepalwash @ 6:27 pm

Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) are the basic foundations of public health. Therefore Fourth South Asian Conference on Sanitation (SACOSAN IV) held in Colombo in April 2011 recognised that ‘Sanitation in South Asia is at crisis point’. Over a billion people do not use improved sanitation and out of those nearly 700 million people practice open defecation – a sanitation facility that ensures hygienic separation of human excreta from immediate human contact is very essential. This situation represents a constant barrier to human and economic development, through direct impact on health, as well as broader impacts on poverty.

The Lancet infectious disease review 2011 clearly highlights that while the correlation between U5 diarrhoea related mortality and sanitation coverage is abundantly clear, the cause and effect chain of WASH related disease in public health are varied and has many fold implications and deserves urgent attention. Adding to its Child Health Epidemiology Reference Group 2012 shows that in South Asia main diseases for under five are Pneumonia 22%; Diarrhoea 11%. Diarrhoea is the second leading cause of death between age 1 and 5 in South Asia region, according to global disease burden 2012. (more…)

October 18, 2013

SACOSAN V: Sanitation for all, all for sanitation

Filed under: Advocacy,Anita Pradhan's Post,SACOSAN V,South Asia — nepalwash @ 6:42 pm

WaterAid is participating in the fifth SACOSAN conference in Nepal, with the theme: Sanitation for all, all for sanitation. The South Asian Conference on Sanitation (SACOSAN) is a government-led biennial convention to provide a platform for interaction on sanitation. The fifth SACOSAN will be hosted by Nepal from 22-24 October 2013 in Kathmandu with the theme: Sanitation for all: all for sanitation.

The WaterAid team at SACOSAN V will be led by Girish Menon, Director, International Programmes Department. In addition to the team from WaterAid Nepal, we will be represented by colleagues from Bangladesh, India and Pakistan. (more…)

September 27, 2013

Where is equity?

Filed under: Advocacy,Disabled access to WASH,Equity and inclusion — nepalwash @ 12:41 am

There are more than 500,000 people live with disability in Nepal. More than 350,000 people do not have access to toilets. Kathmandu, a capital of Nepal does not have a single disabled friendly toilet – click here to watch a 2D film.

September 16, 2013

A difficult journey to toilet

A short film raising issue on accessing to basic sanitation services by people with disabilities

September 10, 2013

Photo of the week – 10 September 2013

Story tellers representing school, slum community, women with disability and chhaupadi area together with policy makers, CSOs representative and supporters against discrimination of women during menstruation at the event breaking the silence on menstrual hygiene on 9 September 2013.

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