In preparation for the United Nations’ World Toilet Day on November 19, 2016, SID-W, together with AECOM, has assembled a panel of experts to discuss experiences and prospects for achieving universal access to sanitation for urban populations by 2030.
The theme of the 2017 World Water Day celebration — “Why Wastewater?” — invites us to pause and reflect not only on the importance of water in our daily lives, but also to recognize the central and often overlooked role that proper wastewater treatment can play in fortifying water security at the local, national, and regional levels.
In what has been termed a revolution of sorts, community-led total sanitation (CLTS) introduced a new approach to eliminating open defecation when it was pioneered by Kamal Kar 17 years ago. Since its introduction, approximately 60 countries have adopted CLTS, a technique which triggers communal disgust to change defecation behaviors and expand sanitation coverage in mostly rural communities. A good number of governments have even embraced CLTS as their national policy.
The project’s overall goal is to reduce food and nutrition insecurity for the most vulnerable rural families in targeted regions. To achieve the goal, PAISANO aims to increase household access to food, reduce malnutrition among girls and boys under age five, and improve community resilience. PAISANO’s main strategies to improve food security are to improve agricultural productivity and production, enhance farm and non-farm income to improve food availability and access, and improve health and nutritional outcomes of poor and vulnerable households.
The goal of Nutri-Salud is to improve health and nutritional status of Guatemala’s rural and indigenous populations. Nutri-Salud’s target population are the 30 municipalities (pop. 1.2 to 1.5 million) in five departments (six Health Areas) in the Western Highlands. The target beneficiaries are children under five, with emphasis on those under two years, and women of reproductive age.
The WASHplus project supports healthy households and communities by creating and delivering interventions that lead to significant improvements in access, practices, and health outcomes related to water supply, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) and household air pollution (HAP). This multi-year project (2010-2016), led by FHI 360 in partnership with CARE and Winrock International, is funded through USAID’s Bureau for Global Health. WASHplus is also joined by a diverse set of NGO, university, and private sector resource partners.
Sikasso Region is one of the most affected regions by malnutrition in Mali. According to the Standardized Monitoring and Assessment of Relief and Transitions Survey in 2016, 30.2 percent of children under 5 years of age are stunted. Causes of malnutrition in Sikasso are due to suboptimal nutrition and health behavior, limited access to high nutrient foods, and poor access to health, water and sanitation services.