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International Year of Sanitation

Live feed: WSSCC Global Forum on Sanitation & Hygiene - 9-14 October 2011, Mumbai

WSCC Global Forum on Sanitation and Hygiene

We all know the statistics: 2.6 billion people around the world are without access to a basic toilet. Diarrhoea – the vast majority of it due to poor sanitation and hygiene – is the second biggest killer of children worldwide.

Between us, we also have many of the answers. We have experiences of low-cost technologies that are acceptable and affordable for poor communities in rural areas. We have been involved in designing communications programmes that have contributed to sustained behaviour change.

We have seen governments and civil society working together to set up policies and programmes that ensure access to better sanitation in challenging settings, such as crowded informal settlements in fast-growing megacities. We have also seen businesses grow up around sanitation and hygiene, allowing individuals to make a dignified living and clients to buy the sorts of products and services they want and need.

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Call to Action on Diarrheal Disease!

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PATH & the US Coalition for Child Survival have issued a Call to Action on Diarrheal Disease. The same is quoted below.

"Over the last three decades, the global community has shown that it has the tools to dramatically reduce childhood death and illness from preventable and treatable diseases, such as diarrhea. During that time, for example, millions of children's lives have been saved by protecting them against diarrheal disease and its consequences through proven and affordable solutions.

Yet diarrheal disease still unnecessarily takes the lives of more than 4,000 children daily, despite the fact that we hold in our hands more cost-effective and proven solutions for preventing and treating diarrhea than any other childhood illness. By increased and effective allocation of resources in a portfolio of improved treatment, nutrition, and water and sanitation interventions, we can help ensure that this common disease is no longer a leading killer of children in low-income countries.Read More

The 3rd International Dry Toilet Conference

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The 3rd International Dry Toilet Conference- 2009- 2nd announcement:
The conference will be held from12th to 15th of August 2009 in Tampere University of Technology, Finland . The Conference is organised by The Global Dry Toilet Association of Finland, in cooperation with Tampere University of Technology, TAMK University of Applied Sciences and University of Tampere.

The main theme of the DT 2009 conference will be the evaluation of the achievements in sanitation after the International Year of Sanitation in light of the Millennium Development Goals.

Main topics of the Conference:

1. Health and safety
2. Technical development of dry toilets
3. Prospects and challenges in the reuse of excreta
4. Social, cultural, economic and gender aspects related to dry sanitation

All experts are invited to submit their abstracts on any of the above mentioned topics or closely related ones.Read More

Build loo to woo women, men in Haryana told!

Forwarded to the Portal by: Amitangshu Acharya
Image and Content Courtesy: Ahmedabad Mirror

Women in Haryana have decided that they won't take shit from anyone! In a bid to ratchet up awareness on adequate sanitation, several women in the state have decided to marry off their daughters to only those men whose residences have proper toilets.

Suresh Devi, a resident of Shahar Malpur village, who has faced the embarrassment of defecating in open, made sure her would-be son-in-law had a 'functional' bathroom in his house before finalising her daughter's marriage.

"Everybody at my home used to go to the fields for defecation. We never had a toilet at home until the panchayat built one last year,"Devi, 52, said. "When I was marrying off my youngest daughter, Sonia, I made sure that there was a toilet in the boy's residence."Read More

Urine-diverting toilets - Posters

Forwarded to the Portal by : Ramesh Sakthivel

Posters on Urine Harvesting

IIT Delhi and Vigyan Vijay Foundation have been implementing a pilot project on Waterless Urinals. The project is supported by Stockholm Environmental Institute and UNICEF. These posters below have been developed as part of that project.

The project aims to develop appropriate solutions for scaling-up Waterless Urinals at public places, institutions and homes.
One of the core objectives of the project is to advocate waterless urinals as an integral component of toilets especially at homes whereby water and energy can be conserved and the environment is protected.

We hope these posters will be of immense value to general public and practitioners looking for undertaking waterless urinals.

For more information contact Ramesh Sakthivel ,

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Workshop - Slippage of WASH Services: 2nd Announcement & Call for Abstracts

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Access First Announcement on the India Water Portal Blog here:
Slippage of WASH Services
What it is about:
The main objectives of the workshop are to quantify the scale and extent of the challenge of "slippage ofWASH
services"and to increase the understanding of the main causes. Secondly the workshop is about disseminating the
results of the research and workshop, and scaling-up of good practices related to the WASH slippage challenge. The
workshop will build upon the experiences of both government and non-government organisations, using their
implementation and research programmes as context.


12 December 2008: Deadline for submission of abstracts
24 December 2008: Authors notified if abstracted accepted
1 February 2009: Deadline for submission of papers

First week of March, 2009: Workshop on Slippage ofWASH servicesRead More

National Urban Sanitation Policy

The Government of India, Ministry of Urban Development recently released the National Urban Sanitation Policy.

We attach the document below, as well as key excerpts. We request you to add your comments below regarding the provisions of the Sanitation Policy.

Click here to view the National Urban Sanitation Policy

The document is quite comprehensive and detailed. It lays out a vision for urban sanitation in India. It instructs states to come up with their own detailed state-level urban sanitation strategies and City Sanitation Plans. It moots the idea of totally sanitised and open-defecation cities as a target and the setting up of a multi-stakeholder City Sanitation Task Force to achieve this. Environmental considerations, public health implications and reaching the unserved and urban poor are given significant emphasis in the policy. Funding options are laid out including direct central and state support including through existing schemes, public-private partnerships, and external funding agencies. It directs that atleast 20% of the funds should be earmarked towards servicing the urban poor. The Center also plans to institute awards to the best performing cities, reminiscent of the Nirmal Gram Puraskar awards for villages.

Important Excerpts from the Policy:
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3rd International Dry Toilet Conference

The International Year of Sanitation is at its end. What has happened? What are the success stories? Where have we failed?Read More

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