Policy and advocacy for sanitation

First National Annual Conference on Sanitation and Hygiene in Kenya

From the 1st to 3rd April Kenya's Ministry of Health organised the First National Annual Conference on Sanitation & Hygiene in Nairobi.The theme for the conference was “accelerating access to improved sanitation under devolution: making the right a reality.” The main objective was to spur action by both national and county governments to accelerate access to safe sanitation in Kenya. The specific objectives were:

Date: 24 April 2014
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Why sanitation should be sacred

The first decade of this century brought a surge in aid for health, particularly for HIV and malaria. Now health officials and wonks are debating how to fight a broader range of diseases. The World Bank has set a goal of universal health-coverage by 2030. This is an important, complex endeavour. But in the effort to improve health care, it is worth remembering a simple, albeit unsavoury truth: poo matters.

Read more in The Economist, 21st April 2014

More than 1 million Namibians defecate in the open

More than half of the Namibian population lacks access to improved sanitation – a situation which is said to be directly linked to the recent cholera outbreak in the country. This was revealed by Unicef Namibia representative Micaela Marques de Sousa during the opening of the Southern Africa Regional Meeting on improving sanitation. The three-day workshop, themed Community-led Approach to Scaling Up Sanitation Coverage and Sustainable Hygiene Behaviour Change, which comes just seven weeks after the last case of cholera was reported in the country, will provide an opportunity to address the sanitation crisis.

Getting to everyone, everywhere: new operating principles for an old reality

In this speech delivered on the 25th March at the Brisbane WASH Conference, Archana Patkar, Programme Manager for Networking and Knowledge Management at the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) asks how the sanitation sector can work differently in order to address the complex issue of equity and proposes 7 operating principles for where and how the WASH sector should invest its energy and efforts.

Date: 3 April 2014

Reflections on the IWC WASH Conference in Brisbane

I have been puzzling to understand why I found this conference so energising and such a good experience.  In part it was the choreography and facilitation by Barbara Evans and others – what a difference it makes to have inventive ways of involving everyone and keeping us awake with bits of serious fun, and what a difference when facilitators and presenters are on top of their topics, have new things to share, are driven by controlled passion, and really enjoy themselves.  And maybe there is something Ozzie about this – welcome, openness, informality, climate.

CLTS: A handbook on facts and processes

The Ministry of Health in partnership with Plan Uganda has developed a handbook on facts and processes of Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS). The aim of the handbook is to increase awareness and harness momentum for uptake of CLTS among stakeholders such as key Ministries with responsibility for sanitation, District Local Governments structures and Civil Society Organizations.
Date: 19 March 2014
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Sanitation Marketing: a handbook for policymakers

In order to address sanitation challenges, accelerate access and sustained use of latrines coupled with good hygiene practices such as hand washing Uganda’s Ministry of Health, together with Plan Uganda, has produced handbooks on sanitation marketing. The aim is to increase awareness and harness momentum for uptake of Sanitation Marketing among stakeholders such as government at policy making level, line ministries, district local government structures and civil society organizations.

Date: 18 March 2014
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