Freshwater Action Network
– grassroots influencing on water and sanitation

February 2012

Time to bid farewell to FAN after 6 remarkable years

Ceridwen Johnson

It is with excitement tinged with sadness that I announce that I will be leaving the FAN Global secretariat at the end of March.

'FANSA can work to join the national campaigns with international action'

Fleur Anderson said, "It has been great to be a part of FANSA’s strategy meeting in Bangladesh, as the International Coordinator for the End Water Poverty campaign". She gave an interview to Prakash Amatya, Regional Communication Officer about the global campaign process and her experiences working together with FANSA.

World Toilet Day: "Sanitation accessibility: catalyst for socio–economic prosperity"

Commemorating the 11th World Toilet Day (19 November), an event named “Sanitation Crises – Talks and Reports  Launch on World Toilet Day” was organized by WaterAid in Nepal (WAN) in association with Kathmandu Metropolitan City, Lalitpur Sub Metropolitan City, End Water Poverty and the National Federation of Disabled Nepal on 18th November, 2011 at Hotel Everest, New Baneshwor. The members of FAN Nepal actively participated in the programme.


Menstruation is a natural cycle but in the Hindu society, this cycle has more often been taken as a sin, a curse and a taboo. Even in the 21st Century, many rural areas in Nepal still treat menstruating women in inhumane ways and are ostracized. To drag attention towards female plight and suffering caused by such an inhumane and unacceptable practice, WaterAid Nepal put up a visual art exhibition ‘Dropping in on Development’ on September 29 at Hotel Himalaya. Ten artists had put up artwork at the exhibition on the theme that was to reflect menstruation as a natural process.

Speak out about menstruation

My eyes stuck to read a news headline "Teacher 'attempted' to rape woman in period" in a national daily newspaper (TKP Jan 14). It reported that a local teacher attempting a rape a woman who was staying in the shed to observe her menstrual period.
I was completely shocked with the news. I ponder whether it is the ill interest of the teacher or our inhumane customs that invited social insecurity to the victim who has to stay out during her period.

Pakistan’s first biological treatment plant

Majeed Keerio is a small village in the outskirts of Nawabshah, where local residents for the last 700 years have mainly worked as farmers or livestock herders.
A few years ago, through the prime minister’s programme, a drainage system was constructed in the village. Suddenly the village’s narrow streets were lined with open drains that were meant to take away dirty waste water from homes into proper waste water treatment plants. This never happened. Due to mismanagement and corruption, these open drains soon became clogged with plastic bags, over flowing every time it rained and pooling up outside homes.

For South Asians, sanitation means ‘dignity’ and ‘cleanliness’

By Amar Guriro
KARACHI - For the people of South Asia, sanitation means “dignity” and “cleanliness”, said a report released on Thursday by WaterAid together with the Freshwater Action Network South Asia (FANSA) and the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC). The report titled “South Asian people’s perspective on sanitation” has been released ahead of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC)’s social policy forum to be held in The Maldives on November 10 and 11 prior to the SAARC Summit.

South Asian countries need progress on sanitation

By Ifham Nizam

SAARC needs to recognize the sanitation crisis in the region and challenge the inequity in the provision and distribution of resources, a senior official of the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council said.