Media conference on WASH concludes
A two-day-regional media conference organised by Water Aid on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) concluded here today calling on South Asian journalists to show serious concern about WASH issues.
More – Click here for our link of the week – 24 February to 02 March 2011
Listen to “Nepal Serofero Programme” on Nepal FM Network 91.8 MHz tomorrow at 08:00 to 08:30 PM TOPIC: Importance of planning, monitoring and evaluation for sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene programme SPEAKER: Mr Barun Kanta Adhikari, Planning and Monitoring Manager, WaterAid in Nepal
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Talk programme on how Open Defecation Free Movement progressing in Nepal on “Sarsafai ra Khanepaniko Bahas” radio programme tomorrow morning at 08:00-08:30 AM on Radio Sagarmatha FM 102.4 MHz. SPEAKER: Mr Rohit Odari, Programme Manager – Rural, WaterAid in Nepal
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WaterAid commits to WASH
With the new Country Strategy (2011-2015) which will be operational from April 1, WaterAid Nepal will put emphasis on several areas of equity and inclusion to secure the people with disabilities, people living with HIV, people affected by conflicts, etc. The strategy will engage on the private sector on Water, Sanitation and Health (WASH), work with youth groups and other social institutions such as Rotary and also work with the academia and engineers for research and low-cost technological innovations. “We are also strengthening our monitoring work by piloting a more robust system, and we are rethinking different ways to do advocacy work so that WASH becomes everyone’s agenda”, said Ashutosh Tiwari, Country Representative of WaterAid Nepal. More – Click here for our link of the week – 17 to 23 February 2011
Cleaning up: Communities are ready for ODF declaration, they just need a little help
A small bit of sanitation history was made in Nepal last October. Community members in Ename, a hilly VDC that’s an eight-hour drive away from district headquarters Gaighat, declared their VDC an Open Defecation Free (ODF) area. This achievement was historical on two counts. Ename became the first VDC to be declared ODF in the whole of Udayapur district, which has a population of a little over 400,000. And the speed with which the declaration was made—a mere 25 days—took everyone by surprise since it normally takes several months, if not years, to successfully mobilise all villagers, including children and women, to stop the widespread and deeply entrenched practice of open defecation. More - Click here for our link of the week – 10 to 16 February 2011
The article is written by Mr Rohit Odari, Programme Manager – Rural at WaterAid in Nepal and published on The Kathmandu Post on 4 February 2011.
WaterAid with support from SHARE, a research consortium, brought together 16 practitioners and researchers with expertise in water, sanitation and health (WASH). The purpose of the roundtable was to assess the state MHM, address various policies and practice and lastly to build a community of practiced individuals and institutions passionate about MHM and who want to share, work, influence and respond to the practical challenges faced by women and girls.
On the first day participants reviewed their knowledge of MHM, understood the issues linked to MHM and learnt key policies in Asia region. They also learnt from experiences and initiatives from countries like Bangladesh, India and Tanzania. It was also concluded that MHM is a big issue for women, one which lacks awareness among both men and women. They also found out that patriarchal culture and tradition determine how MHM is addressed in different communities. While there are evidences of good MHM practice there are no user satisfaction surveys. Sufficient research on the issue has not been done.
The second day, participants designed research methodology to assess the advantages-disadvantages of different methodological research approaches and developed it to combine quantitative and qualitative learning. They also discussed on the length of the study and if a longitudinal study would be helpful. It was discussed that a balance was needed among the qualitative and quantitative evidence. From this discussion it was suggested that the existing literature be synthesized and clear MHM related indicators be developed to monitor implementation and effectiveness. They also suggested that it would be important to understand the risks of current MHM practices and understand the impact of improved MHM.
Lastly they agreed on keeping in touch as a group in order to articulate the issue and make it a priority among advocacy workers. They will also remain in contact in order to build a community that practices MHM and support research initiatives.
The post is written by Ms Therese Mahon, Regional Programme Officer - Asia, WaterAid in UK.