7th inter-country working group (ICWG) meeting of SACOSAN, 27 Jan 2015. Photo: Focus Bangla/Financial Express
A Bangladesh government official has disclosed that the 6th South Asian Conference on Sanitation (SACOSAN-VI) will be held in Dhaka from 11-13 January 2016. Bangladesh hosted the first edition of SACOSAN in 2003.
Manjur Hossain, a senior secretary of the Local Government Division (LGD) of the Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives was speaking at the 7th inter-country working group (ICWG) meeting of SACOSAN. The meeting was hosted by LGD from 27-28 January 2015 in Dhaka.
Also at the meeting was Md Akram Al Hossain, coordinator of the SACOSAN-VI secretariat and Joint Secretary, Upazila Branch at LGD.
Official website: http://www.sacosanvi.gov.bd/
Related website: SACOSAN-V
Source: 97 percent use hygienic sanitation, Dhaka Tribune, 28 Jan 2015 ; 97pc people brought under sanitation coverage, Financial Express, 28 Jan 2015
At the 14th World Toilet Summit 2015, BRAC received the “Hall of Fame Award” for significant contributions to the sanitation sector in Bangladesh.
On 20 January, BRAC received the “Hall of Fame Award” for significant contributions to the sanitation sector in Bangladesh. The award was handed to Dr. Akramul Islam at the 14th World Toilet Summit 2015 in Delhi by Dr. Subramanian Swamy MP, Former Minister of India, and Jack Sim Founder of the World Toilet Organization in the presence of Minister Devendra Chaudhry, Special Secretary, Ministry of Power India.
Bangladesh has made remarkable progress in providing basic sanitation services to its people. It is now estimated that throughout Bangladesh, 57% use sanitary latrines, while a mere 3% of the people still practise open defecation.
Over 8 years, the BRAC WASH programme reached more than 66 million people, about half of the rural population of Bangladesh. It has successfully worked to improve household sanitation by creating demand for hygienic latrines while supporting an extensive supply chain and local businesses. Current coverage with hygienic and adequately maintained toilets is 82% in the 152 districts where BRAC has worked. All these successes have been underpinned by a strong provision of service to the poor and ultra-poor and by a unique hygiene promotion programme focusing on universal use and sustainability of services in communities, households and schools.
IRC is a knowledge partner of BRAC WASH since 2005.
Read more at: http://www.ircwash.org/news/brac-enters-sanitation-hall-fame
WHO is launching a global plan of action to improve access to WASH at all health care facilities. This kind of intersectoral collaboration is set to become a major theme in the post-2015 development agenda.
Better access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in health care facilities is crucial for mothers and babies to stay healthy. It is just as important as curative measures says Dr Maria Neira, the Director of Public Health and Environment at the World Health Organization (WHO) . She announced that WHO will launch a global plan of action by March 2015 on improving access to WASH at all health care facilities .
Photo: John Sauer
Over 500 delegates are in Hanoi today at the start of FSM3: the 3rd International Faecal Sludge Management Conference. With a focus on FSM technology, FSM as a business and scaling up FSM in cities, the conference builds on the 2 previous editions both held in Durban, South Africa in 2012 and 2011.
Besides presentations, there will be a series of workshops including one co-organised by IRC, GIZ and EAWAG/Sandec on “Planning Tools for City-wide Faecal Septage Management using Whole System Approaches“.
SuSanA has set up a FSM3 conference page with all the abstracts by session. Later on they will add the full papers as soon as they become available.
You can follow live updates on Twitter by following hashtag #FSM3
The CLTS Knowledge Hub at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) is hosting an international work- and writeshop on CLTS and Sustainability from 6-12 April 2015 at Lukenya Getaway near Nairobi, Kenya.
Participants’ writings, together with commissioned pieces of work will form the basis of a publication on sustainability that will published in the IDS series Frontiers of CLTS: Innovations and Insights.
Potential contributors are requested to send an abstract of 500-900 words to
P.Bongartz@ids.ac.uk by 31st January 2015. If your application is successful, you will be invited to work on a first draft to be submitted by 13th March 2015.
For more information go to: http://www.communityledtotalsanitation.org/story/call-abstracts-writeshop-and-publication-sustainability
Invitation to attend the
Launch of the PLOS Medicine paper
“From joint thinking to joint action: A call to action on improving water, sanitation and hygiene for maternal and newborn health”
and a discussion on how water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) can accelerate progress on maternal and newborn health
- on the 15th of December 2014 at 5:00 – 6:00 PM
- at the John Snow Lecture Theatre,
- and followed by a reception until 7:00 PM,
- at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), Keppel Street, London WC1E 7HT.
We are delighted to invite you to attend the launch of an important new paper published by PLOS Medicine. This paper, authored by scientists and technical experts from leading universities and international agencies, outlines the importance of WASH for maternal and neonatal health outcomes.
The event will be chaired by Oliver Cumming (LSHTM) and speakers will include:
- Ms Jane Edmondson (Head of Human Development, UK DFID)
- Dr Maria Neira (Director of Public Health and Environment, WHO)
- Professor Oona Campbell (LSHTM)
- Professor Wendy Graham (University of Aberdeen, & SoapBox)
- Dr Paul Simpson (Deputy Editor, PLOS Medicine)
- Ms Yael Velleman (Senior Policy Analyst, WaterAid)
To attend, please kindly register at https://plos-medicine.eventbrite.co.uk. Seating is limited, so we would request that you register as soon as possible (free of charge).