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July 15, 2013

Film on Nagarkot VDC ODF declaration held on 5 July 13

Filed under: Advocacy,Campaigns,Open defecation free,Sanitation — nepalwash @ 12:22 pm

Click here to watch  a film on Nagarkot VDC ODF declaration held on 5 July 13

Nagarkot Village Development Committee (VDC) is declared as Open Defecation Free (ODF) VDC at Nagarkot in Bhaktapur District on 5 July 2013. The declaration was made by Mr Hem Natha Duwadi, Central Development Officer in Bhaktapur District among hundreds of local resident, government official, WASH sector stakeholder, development partner, people’s representative, media and student. Nagarkot is sixth VDC out of 16 VDCs that declared ODF in the district. Yet 37% of the VDCs in Bhaktapur have to declare ODF. This declaration is one of the stepping stone to declare Bhaktapur as an ODF district. This declaration is taken as motivating factor for the remaining ten VDCs and the Bhaktapur District Water and Sanitation Coordination Committee itself in expediting their actions towards declaration of the district ODF. Two hundred and forty-nine additional toilets were constructed within four months period that was instrumental declaring the Nagarkot VDC as ODF. There are 825 household in the VDC and rest others have toilets already. Total population of the VDC is 4429 (female 2254, male 2275). Three public latrines were also constructed in Home stay area, Tourism Development Board and Health Post with in the VDC. So as all the school within the VDC also have access to latrine. VDC is planning to construct an additional latrine at Bus Park. WaterAid – HSBC Water Programme supported for awareness campaign and implemented by Village Water and Sanitation Coordination Committee together with our NGO partner Environment and Public Health Organisation (ENPHO) for ODF declaration process.

April 24, 2013

South Asia Regional Campaign on Sanitation

Recently, I got the opportunity to take part in a rally to put pressure on the Government to take the issues of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) more seriously. The rally was part of the South Asia Regional campaign on Sanitation. held on 19 March in Kathmandu.

The campaign was joined by school students, teachers, journalists, representatives from different non-governmental organisations (NGOs), Members of Parliament from countries in the South Asia region and high level government authorities from Nepal. The rally urged the South Asian governments to keep their promises on sanitation. Two members of the UK House of the Lords were also present and walked together with more than thousand other participants to show support for the cause.

I was amazed and encouraged to see a significant number of people with disabilities present at the campaign as people with disabilities are often not represented by issue-based organisations. But WaterAid in Nepal, who co-hosted the campaign, are committed to including people with disabilities in campaign activities. They invited the National Federation for the Disabled, Nepal (NFDN) and the umbrella organisation of all disability public organisations (DPOs) to the events.


November 28, 2012

Link of the week – 27 November

Filed under: Advocacy,Budget,Campaigns,Nepal,Open defecation free,Sanitation,Urban — nepalwash @ 9:00 am

Universal access to sanitation and drinking water for all: municipal areas of Nepal by 2017

The fact sheet prepared together with Muncipal Association Nepal (MuAN) includes basic water supply and sanitation coverage of 58 municipalities in Nepal. The municipalities in Nepal are ranked by access to sanitation. The sheet further include government commitments on municipal access to WASH services together.

More – Click here for our link of the week – 27 November

November 20, 2012

Link of the week – 20 November

Filed under: Advocacy,Campaigns,Link of the week,Public toilet,Sanitation — nepalwash @ 9:00 am

Public toilets in pathetic state: Study

Poor condition of public toilets in the Kathmandu Valley is repelling people from using them, an NGO survey said today. The municipalities are far behind when it comes to fulfilling the growing demand of public toilets and urinals, said NGO Forum for Urban Water and Sanitation, making public its survey on ‘Public Latrines in Kathmandu valley’on the occasion of ‘World Toilet Day’.

More – Click here for our link of the week – 20 November

November 19, 2012

To have or not to have toilet Not enough done

Filed under: Advocacy,Campaigns,Diarrhoea,Nepal,Sanitation — nepalwash @ 9:00 am

Why care whether all Nepalis have access to toilets or not?

From experience, we have learnt that not doing something about ensuring toilet access is likely to lead to people’s deaths, especially those of poor women and children. For evidence, consider what happened in the hills of Doti district in far western Nepal only this past summer.

On the 1st of June, an outbreak of diarrhea was reported in Baglek VDC in Doti. Affected people started visiting the local sub-health post. In a matter of days, it was clear that the diarrheal outbreak was not confined only to Baglek. Patients from adjacent clusters of villages started streaming into the overwhelmed health post, which had neither adequate beds nor enough nurses.

By the time the health post reported 116 cases, including three deaths, to the district health officers, the diarrheal disease had spread to 10 surrounding VDCs and to Dipayal and Silguri, the two towns that lie on the hilly highway. It was clear that what Doti faced was not an ordinary diarrheal ailment that would run its course and die out. (more…)

March 22, 2012

WaterAid in Nepal calls for water for all within a generation

Press release – 22 March 2012

KATHMANDU: WaterAid is marking Nepal National Water Week 2012 by supporting The World Walks for Water and Sanitation global campaign. Walks are taking place in fourteen districts in the country, with 8,000 people walking country-wide and over 300,000 globally.

The campaign is running ahead of the Sanitation and Water for All partnership high level meeting, on 20th of April 2012, bringing together Government Ministers from around the world. WaterAid will be calling on them to act with urgency to end the water and sanitation crisis.

An art competition is being organised by Federation of Drinking Water and Sanitation Users Nepal (FEDWASUN) in Makwanpur district today. Tomorrow (23 March) the Nepal Academy of Science & Technology (NAST) is organising a walk in Kathmandu. This will be followed by a seminar on water and food security at NAST Auditorium in Lalitpur, where papers on water and food security will be presented by academicians and experts. (more…)

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