Our members in action in Uganda, Madagascar, Nepal and Sierra Leone

Date: 10th December 2016

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WSSCC’s membership community brings together over 3000 individuals from across the world working in government, civil society, academia and the private sector. Many WSSCC members have witnessed first-hand, the impact of inadequate access to water, sanitation and hygiene on the livelihood, well-being and dignity of those affected.

Our members are united in their desire to stay informed about key issues, share experiences and be part of a larger global community committed to achieving a common objective.

They are passionate about increasing universal access to water, sanitation and hygiene and demonstrate their commitment to this goal by acting as change agents in their home, community, and workplace.

Through their independent initiatives or contribution to their organizations’ work in the sector, they strive to influence thinking and behaviour change through knowledge diffusion, awareness-raising, advocacy, and capacity-building. Learn more about the steps that some of our members recently took to inspire change in their communities.

Uganda

WSSCC member Ediegu Justine, Executive Director of Youth With a Focus Teso (YWFT), a national NGO in Uganda, led a two-day campaign in October that brought together representatives of government, media, civil society and the local community to promote safe menstrual hygiene for women and girls in rural Uganda.

The campaign sought to educate and empower primary school girls in the Ngrora District, located in the eastern region of Uganda, to help reduce the number of school days missed during menstruation, tackle misconceptions and address the issue of affordability of sanitary products.

During these two days, training on family planning and on menstrual hygiene management was provided and girls and women were encouraged to play a more active role in breaking the taboo and stigma surrounding menstruation by learning, speaking about the issue and demanding their rights.

Madagascar

WSSCC National Coordinator and member from Madagascar, Jean Herivelo Rakotondrainibe, convened WSSCC members in the district of Ambovombe located in the Androy region in the South of Madagascar, on July 2nd, to celebrate the open defecation free status of the Maroalomainty village.

Rakotondrainibe played a key role during the festivities alongside the local mayor, the Secretary General of the Ministry of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, and the Chair of the Project Coordinating Mechanism (PCM) of the Global Sanitation Fund (GSF). Together, they drew attention to the issues of sanitation and hygiene while celebrating this important achievement together with the community.

Nepal

WSSCC member Prakash Amatya commemorated this year’s World Toilet Day on November 19th, by taking part in various advocacy efforts together with colleagues from GUTHI, a Nepalese NGO working on sustainable development issues.

One activity involved leading a school toilet-cleaning campaign with high school children and teachers of Vishwo Niketan High School in Tripureshwor, which aimed to sensitize youth about the importance of safe, private, and clean toilets and related health risks including the transmission of disease. As part of the campaign, Amatya and partners called upon local and national leaders to honor their commitment under Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 to provide adequate clean water and sanitation for all.

Sierra Leone

On World Toilet Day, which took place on November 19th, WSSCC member Mohamed Selman Khalil who works with Engineers Without Borders in Freetown, facilitated an interactive session on sanitation and hygiene led by staff from Engineers Without Borders, stakeholders and community leaders including a local chief from the town of Nyandeyama and a prominent women’s rights advocate from the area.

Throughout the session, key facts about sanitation and hygiene were presented, skits were performed, and various group activities were undertaken.  The session closed with key recommendations to participants including regular hand washing, the construction of toilets and a broader call to end the practice of open defecation.

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