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FANSA and ANEW member impressions of the Global Forum on Sanitation

FANSA and ANEW members

FANSA and ANEW representatives joined WASH professionals from around the world at WSSCC's Global Forum on Sanitation and Hygiene in Mumbai, India from 9 to 14 October 2011. They were busy promoting the network, their work and learning from the many sessions throughout the week.

ANEW: We have a cause, commitment and capacity to serve the sector

Catherine Mwango, the vice chairperson of ANEW, addressed a meeting of FANSA and ANEW members for the first time during the Global Forum for Sanitation and Hygiene in Mumbai. She highlighted the work being done by ANEW and its member networks. For her, this meeting was a unique opportunity to come together and share. Read to her account.....

The urban right to water and Sanitation: pictures from Delhi

Photo exhibition

O.P. Singh, a visual anthropologist and director at Water Zoom, together with Nandita Singh, who is an associate professor at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, presented a photo exhibition: WATSAN Right: Issues and Reality.

Call for more active involvement of CSOs at water and sanitation events

Ceridwen JohnsonCeridwen Johnson, Networking and Communications Manager at FAN Global, recommended more active involvement of civil society organizations (CSOs) in forums and events like the WSSCC Global Forum on Sanitation and Hygiene, held recently in Mumbai.

Global conference focuses on the poor's poor access to sanitation facilities

Professionals and activists at a global conference on sanitation and hygiene on Wednesday, stressed the need for coordinated efforts from the government and non-government organizations. Removal of institutional and cultural barriers is required to ensure that all, including those who are marginalized or physically-challenged, have access to proper sanitation facilities.

Strong leadership required to tackle sanitation problems

Large nations, that have been able to ensure only 20 to 60 per cent coverage of sanitation issues, need to focus on political and community leaders at the national, regional, and local level to convey the message of sanitation for all and to encourage behaviour change.

WASH journalists dare to share

The Global Forum on Sanitation and Hygiene (GFSH), which concluded in Mumbai last week, offered a good opportunity for journalists from South Asia and Africa to share their experiences and learn from each other.

All govt. schools must have toilet by November end: Supreme Court of India

Supreme Court India

The Supreme Court of India on Oct 18, 2011 directed all states and union territories to build toilets, particularly for girls, in all government schools by the end of November. A bench headed by Justice D K Jain asked all the governments to take immediate steps regarding this and file their compliance report before the deadline fixed by it.

Adopt sanitation, hygiene and clean water for healthy living


After India's most celebrated Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan became the brand ambassador for the Geneva-based Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC), now Indian cricket players are to promote sanitation and hygiene in the country. Yusuf Pathan and Irfan Pathan have already shot a clip, in which they are asking people to: "Adopt the WASH hatrick - sanitation, hygiene, clean water - for healthy living".

Sharing across regional sanitation conferences

Ceridwen Johnson

Ceridwen Johnson, Networking and Communications Manager, FAN Global, presented her paper on the impact and future of regional sanitation conferences during the plenary discussion at the WSSCC Global Forum for Sanitation and Hygiene held in Mumbai from 9 to 14 October.

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