WasteAid UK wins award for waste management work | Source: Resource, June 8, 2016 |
WasteAid UK, a charity helping to establish waste management processes in developing countries, has won a National Energy Globe Award for its work in The Gambia.
Photo: Mike Webster, WasteAid UK
The charity aims to improve sanitation, environmental pollution and the use of resources in communities in developing countries that have no access to established waste services by delivering simple recycling processes that are low-cost and easily replicable.
Specifically, the Energy Globe Award panel recognised the charity for its work in Brikama in The Gambia, where it has brought ‘an entirely new approach to dealing with the longstanding and intransigent problem of bad waste management’.
WasteAid UK is working with local partners and has set up a local waste training and entrepreneurship centre that researches suitable waste reprocessing techniques, raises awareness about the problems caused by poor waste management and provides practical training in how to recycle waste.
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The health education unit of the Department of State for Health recently organised a one day sensitisation workshop on health sanitation and hygiene for teachers drawn from three pilot schools in the Kanifing Municipality. […] The aim of the workshop was to promote sanitation and hygiene education in schools.
Presenting on waste management, Sheikh Omar Dibba, a retired health worker and consultant said teachers should be involved in the promotion of health and hygiene issues in schools because they are important elements in the school and society. [..] Mr. Dibba urged for every house hold to have Dustin including schools and communities so as to reduce health hazards in our environment. He added that teachers at schools should advocate for change at the school level in terms of environment hygiene and sanitation.
[…] Other presenters presented on the issue of hygiene, water management and personal hygiene.
Source: Annia Gaye, Foroyaa, 27 Mar 2009
The Gambia last Wednesday joined the rest of the international community to commemorate UN international year of sanitation and global hand washing day.
Global hand washing day, the first of its kind, focuses on children and schools in order to raise awareness and promote behavioral change. (…)
Vice president Njie-Saidy highlighted the importance of washing hands with soap, saying it is the most effective and least costly of preventing diarrhea and pneumonia.
She expressed governments’ full commitment and political will to the attainment of the MDG targets. (…)
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