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December 30, 2013

Second career expo for persons with disabilities

Third December is celebrated worldwide as an International Day of Persons with Disabilities. This celebration helps promote awareness on disability issues and rights. This year the global theme for the day was “Break barriers, open doors: for an inclusive society and development for all”.

As a part of the celebrations, Nepal’s Ministry of Women Children and Social Welfare, National Federation of the Disabled Nepal (NFDN), UNICEF, Association of International NGOs in Nepal (AIN), and Federation of Nepalese Chamber of Commerce and Industries (FNCCI) in association with www.merojob.com came together to organise the second Career Expo for People with Disabilities on the 13 December. The aim was to promote employment opportunities for persons with disabilities in Nepal. (more…)

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 26, 2013

Link of the week – 26 September

Filed under: Link of the week,Open defecation free,SACOSAN V,Sanitation,Urban — nepalwash @ 9:00 am

KATHMANDU, Sept 24: Due to the dearth of proper public toilets, achieving Open Defecation Free (ODF) goals in the urban areas has now become more challenging compared to the villages. More than 1000 VDCs have been declared ODF whereas only eight municipalities have met the target till date.

More – Click here for our link of the week – 25 September

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