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Policy and advocacy for sanitation

Open Defecation still a problem in the Volta Region

Chiefs, the media, religious and civil society organisations in the Volta Region have been called to join forces using religious norms to wash the incidence of Open Defecation (OD) in the region. About 50 percent of the population of the region was said to engage in the practice, with 31 percent doing so daily, Mr Ben Arthur, Executive Secretary of the Coalition of Non Governmental Organisation in Water and Sanitation (CONIWAS) observed at a workshop.

Childhood Pneumonia and Diarrhoea (Lancet Series)

The Lancet Series on Childhood Pneumonia and Diarrhoea, led by Aga Khan University, Pakistan, provides evidence for integrated control efforts for childhood pneumonia and diarrhoea. The first paper assesses the global burden of these two illnesses, comparing and contrasting them, and includes new estimates of severe disease and updated mortality estimates for 2011. Findings from the second paper show that a set of highly cost-effective interventions can prevent most diarrhoea deaths and nearly two thirds of pneumonia deaths by 2025, if delivered at scale.

Date: 27 April 2013

WHO/UNICEF: New plan to address pneumonia and diarrhoea could save 2 million children a year

WHO and UNICEF launched a new Global Action Plan on the 12th April 2013 with the aim of saving up to 2 million children every year from deaths caused by pneumonia and diarrhoea, some of the leading killers of children under five globally.  The Integrated Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Pneumonia and Diarrhoea calls for closer integration of efforts to prevent and treat these two diseases and sets ambitious targets to reduce mortality rates and raise levels of children’s access to life-saving interventions.

Community leaders urged to support drive to stop open defecation

Mr Richard Ahiagbede, Ho Municipal Health Officer has asked chiefs and opinion leaders in 16 communities in the Municipal area to co-operate in the drive to stop open defecation.
Mr Ahiagbede was speaking at a start-up workshop on Water and Sanitation and Health (WASH) Programme of the Ghana Government and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). The Programme, initiated in 2012, seeks to among others, encourage Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) drive against Open Defecation in rural communities.

Access to sanitation still a luxury for the very few

About 20 communities in Tillabéri, west Niger, have been declared open defecation-free zones as across the country, very few people have access to proper sanitation. The communities were part of a Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) project, launched in September 2010 in 32 villages in the region by the local office of Plan International.

The long and short of open defecation

There is statistical data to show that the height of Indian children is correlated to their and their neighbourhood’s access to toilets.

You can learn a lot from measuring children’s height. How tall a child has grown by the time she is a few years old is one of the most important indicators of her well-being. This is not because height is important in itself, but because height reflects a child’s early-life health, absorbed nutrition and experience of disease.

CLTS will help achieve MDGs sanitation target

The CLTS approach currently used to promote sanitation will help Nigeria to achieve the 75 per cent MDGs target in the sector by 2015 according to an assessment report on the initiative. The report, made available  in Abuja by the National Task Group on Sanitation (NTGS), stated that since the implementation of CLTS programme in Nigeria, it had proven to be a positive option for achieving total sanitation. “There is no doubt that if CLTS process is properly conducted, funded and supported, achieving sanitation promotion and meeting the relevant MDGs will not be a problem."

Date: 27 February 2013

Toilet Coverage and Sanitation Performance in India By States (2001-2011)

Sanitation coverage by state (India) in 2001 and 2011

It is widely accepted that India’s “Total Sanitation Campaign has been a failure”.

In 2001 rural sanitation coverage was 22%. In 2011, ten years of Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC) later, the Government of India claimed that coverage was 68%. But recent Census data revealed that real coverage was only 31%. This means that less than one in five toilets reportedly constructed is in place.

Date: 4 February 2013


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