Nepal WASH Blog Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) & Development in Nepal

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.

August 1, 2013

Link of the week – 1 August

Filed under: Advocacy,Campaigns,Link of the week,Media — nepalwash @ 6:38 pm

KATHMANDU, July 29: With only four years left for the country to meet the target of ensuring water and sanitation for all, politicians from various parties have expressed their commitment to work toward the goal.

More – Click here for our link of the week – 1 August

July 31, 2013

Political commitment towards sanitation promotion and public launch of “ODF toolkit”

Filed under: Advocacy,Campaigns,Open defecation free — nepalwash @ 6:50 pm

Federation of Drinking Water and Sanitation Users Nepal (FEDWASUN) together with WaterAid Nepal had organised an interaction session with the leading political leaders on 29 July 2013, to persuade them to promote sanitation in their upcoming elections; this programme also saw the opening of the “ODF toolkit”. The participation of politicians that turned up, the turnout exceeded our expectations. This programme saw around 100 participants representing different walks of life, they included politicians, representatives from civil society organisations, students , water and sanitation users and media; the interaction was  facilitated by former environment minister Mr Ganesh Shah.

After a very interactive session with the political leaders, the expectant audience signed a public appeal demanding calls for action. The public appealed the politicians to:

  • Encourage each VDC and MPC in their respective election sectors to declare themselves as ODF for promotion of drinking water and sanitation
  • Ensure sustainability regarding sanitation activities in districts that have been declared as ODF
  • Address drinking water and sanitation as people’s fundamental right in their political manifesto for the upcoming constitutional assembly election in their respective political parties
  • Ensure the inclusion of a section in the new constitution that address sanitation and drinking water related rights as a fundamental right of the people and to address and solve drinking water and sanitation issues from local to national level by incorporating sanitation with development. (more…)

July 30, 2013

Photo of the week – 30 July 2013

Representatives of political parties launching the ODF toolkit on 29 July 13

July 17, 2013

ODF and disability issues

When the Nepal government brought the Sanitation and Hygiene Master plan in 2011, the concept of the Open Defecation Free, ODF in short was relatively new. Master plan targeted to improve the status of sanitation dramatically in the whole country by 2017 and the main indicator set to judge this was to check whether the particular area was ODF or not. ODF simply means that nobody in a certain area defecates in Open. In other words, everybody has access to a toilet. (more…)

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