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The JMP SDG baseline findings set a clear agenda on the work to be done towards the shared vision of WASH for All

Participants shared best practices, common challenges, and promising innovations to end open defecation by 2025.

WSSCC looks forward to contributing to discussions with partners and stakeholders during events this week at the United Nations General Assembly.

WSSCC’s strategy consultation in Pakistan will help guide WSSCC as it develops its new global strategy and increases engagement in the country.

Together with UNICEF and the GSF, the Government of Togo has launched the national movement to end open defecation.

Assana Bapelim, who lives in the Kara region of Togo, is proud of the latrine she built with help from her neighbours.

WSSCC’s Global Sanitation Fund (GSF)-supported programme in Togo is using ‘institutional triggering’ to mobilize local government commitment and action for improved sanitation and hygiene. The GSF supports the country’s national campaign for an open defecation free (ODF) Togo by 2018, known as ‘Togo SANDAL’. The aim of the programme is to increase the use of […]

More and more organisations working in sanitation and hygiene support the vision that equitable and sustainable sanitation and hygiene behaviour change and services at scale should be delivered through locally driven and locally sustained institutions, mechanisms and service providers. This calls for strengthening these institutions, mechanisms and providers at the level where they operate, regionally, […]

Inequalities in access to clean drinking water and sanitation persist and in some cases are getting worse.

The proceedings document is now available from a 2013 Menstrual Hygiene Management Virtual Conference organized by UNICEF and Columbia University.

Worldwide, some 2.5 billion people, or more than a third of the world’s population, do not have access to proper sanitation.

53% of Madagascar’s 20.7 million people defecate openly every day while another 33% use dilapidated, unsafe toilets.

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First National Training of Trainers on Menstrual Hygiene Manageme...

Equality
In order to break the silence on menstruation and empower government officials with the knowledge and skills on Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM), WSSCC, in collaboration with the Kenyan Ministry of Health, UNICEF and other partners held a six-day Training of Trainers(ToT) in Naivasha from 28 July to 3 August. Here is a full report of the workshop.

Global Action Plan – Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in Heal...

Collaboration
In 2015, for the first time, WHO and UNICEF assessed the status of WASH in health care facilities in low- and middle-income countries. With a significant proportion of facilities without any services at all, WHO, UNICEF and partners committed at a global meeting to address the situation, with the aim of achieving universal access in all facilities, in all settings, by 2030. A global action plan with five change objectives was developed in March 2015. In the first phase of this work, four task teams (comprised of health and WASH specialists) are working to address five change objectives and produce tangible deliverables.

Report from the CLTS Sharing and Learning workshop at SACOSAN VI

Collaboration
On January 10 2016, the CLTS Knowledge Hub at IDS, together with UNICEF and WSSCC, hosted a one-day Sharing and Learning workshop on Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS), as part of and prior to the 6th South Asian Conference on Sanitation (SACOSAN) in Dhaka, Bangladesh. More than 80 participants from different NGOs, international development agencies, government and research institutions representing from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Afghanistan, Bhutan, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka attended and discussed experiences, challenges and innovations in CLTS and WASH in the region and beyond.

Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in health care facilities – ...

Collaboration
Despite the fundamental need of WASH for quality health service delivery, access to WASH in healthcare facilities is alarmingly poor. A 2015 WHO/UNICEF global report reveals that 38% of health care facilities have no source of water. To address these challenges, WHO, UNICEF and partners, including WaterAid, committed at a global meeting in March 2015 to immediately address the situation with the aim to ensure that all health care facilities in all settings have adequate water, sanitation and hygiene services by 2030.A global action plan with five change objectives, has been developed. In the first phase of this work, four task teams (comprised of health and WASH specialists) are working to address the change objectives and product tangible deliverables. Task teams include: Advocacy, Action and Leadership; Monitoring; Evidence and Operational Research; and Policies, Standards and Facility-based Improvements.

WASH in schools empowers girls’ education – Proceedings of the Me...

Equality
Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and UNICEF convened the Second Annual Virtual MHM in WinS Conference at UNICEF Headquarters in New York City on 21 November 2013. Building on recommendations from the MHM 2012 virtual conference, the 2013 conference focused on the research tools and instruments being used to explore MHM barriers and practices and to evaluate the interventions being trialed or implemented in various contexts.

Equity and Inclusion in Sanitation and Hygiene in South Asia – A ...

Equality
There are two facets to the problem in South Asia, both of which are unacceptable. The first is a problem of scale: 716 million men, women, and children defecate in the open every day in South Asia, especially in rural areas: a veritable sanitation crisis that impairs progress in the region. Many districts in India, Nepal, and Pakistan fall in this category. The second, and in many ways more pernicious problem, particularly in South Asia, is one of exclusion, where different categories of people are not able to access and use safe sanitation facilities. These categories of people include those who are socially and economically marginalized or excluded, and those who cannot use standard designs. This catalytic working paper, including a bibliography, was developed for the Technical Session during the 4th South Asian Conference on Sanitation (SACOSAN IV) Reaching the Unserved: Equity and Inclusion in South Asia. It is intended for discussion leading to collaborative action.