Policy and advocacy for sanitation

The Dhaka Declaration

From the 11th to 13th January 2016, the 6th SACOSAN COnference took place in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Under the banner ‘Better Sanitation, Better Life’ the three-day conference focused on how to accelerate progress on sanitation and hygiene promotion in South Asia, and thus enhance the quality of people’s lives. It resulted in the Dhaka Declaration, signed by representatives of the 8 member states, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Date: 19 January 2016

The Dhaka Declaration

An important change agreed upon is the creation of a SACOSAN Secretariat and a Working Group, to facilitate communication and horizontal learning between the biennial conferences. The Sri Lankan government has volunteered to host the Secretariat.

Another point in the declaration is to reach out to other multi-country fora with information and advocacy for sanitation improvement. SAARC, the regional coalition,  was specifically mentioned; and a SAARC representative spoke in the concluding ceremony.

Toilets and Health: Better Sanitation for Better Nutrition (World Toilet Day Panel)

The Permanent Mission of Singapore and UN-Water are pleased to invite you to the 2015 World Toilet Day observance at the United Nations on Thursday 19th November 13:15-14:45. The event will take the form of a lunch time panel discussion on Toilets and Health: better sanitation for better nutrition. See this flyer for more information, the programme outline and how to register.

Liberian ODF communities did not experience transmission of the Ebola virus

Mr. deVries, Chief of Party of Global COmmunities described the fight against the virus and the Community Led Total Sanitation program as an incredible and challenging experience.He said with all of these challenges faced by his entity during his tenure, tremendous progress was made in the fight against the Ebola virus, especially in safe burial and the Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) program. He also disclosed that communities declared Open Defecation Free (ODF) did not experience the transmission of the Ebola virus.

Call for written evidence on community led health systems and the Ebola outbreak

The Africa APPG together with Polygeia seeks to explore the lessons from the Ebola crisis for community-led health systems strengthening through examining the current response to the Ebola crisis, and gathering evidence from experts and the affected communities in West Africa.

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