New research to develop menstrual hygiene guidelines for practitioners

Menstrual hygiene is a much neglected issue within the water and sanitation sector and there are critical gaps in the body of evidence on menstrual hygiene, including a lack of systematic studies analyzing best practices in Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM). To address this gap, WaterAid is currently developing MHM guidelines for practitioners from the WASH sector, and other related sectors such as reproductive health and education.

Eastern Africa drought: Seven million people in need of WASH services

Seven million people, including over 700,000 refugees are in need of waster, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services according to a United Nations report of 15 July 2011.

WHO – Drinking-water Quality Guidelines, new edition

The latest drinking-water guidelines are now available for download or book order following their global launch at the Singapore International Water Week on 4 July 2011. These Guidelines are the product of systematic revisions over more than five years of extensive consultation with hundreds of experts. This 4th edition expands on key concepts like health-based targets and water safety planning; presents new risk assessments on microbial, chemical and radiological hazards, and addresses emerging issues of public concern like pharmaceuticals in drinking-water.

UN Millennium Development Report 2011

According to a UN Report released, advances in sanitation has often bypassed the poor and those living in rural areas, with more than 2.6 billion people still lacking access to toilets or other forms of improved sanitation. In Southern Asia, for example, sanitation coverage for the poorest 40 per cent of households hardly increased between 1995 and 2008.

An estimated 1.1 billion people in urban areas and 723 million people in rural areas gained access to an improved drinking water source between 1990 and 2008.

High Court sets Aug 22 deadline for amending Manual Scavenging Act

Chennai: Coming down heavily on the Centre for not "showing seriousness" in abolishing manual scavenging, the Madras High Court today said it would be "constrained to direct personal appearance of high dignitaries" including even from PMO, if necessary amendments are not made by August 22.

Low cost sanitary napkins from knitwear waste

Chandigarh: Rural women in the state can now procure quality sanitary napkins, as the Centre has allotted Punjab a project to use hosiery waste from the textile hub of Ludhiana to make low-cost sanitary napkins for the women.
The project, to be executed by the Punjab State Council for Science and Technology (PSCST), will not only take care of the huge amounts of knitwear waste that the units find difficult to handle, but will also give village women affordable and hygienic napkins.
The Centre’s, Department of Science and Technology (DST), has allocated about Rs 11 lak

Mission steering group for NRHM holds 7th meeting: Menstrual hygiene scheme to be taken up in 152 districts

The Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad today chaired the seventh meeting of the Mission Steering Group (MSG) of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM). The MSG is the highest decision making body of NRHM that takes decisions on the policies and programs under the Mission. Sh Vilasrao Deshmukh, Minister of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Shri Kapil Sibal, Minister of Human Resource Development and Telecom, Mrs.

Every nation legally required to take action on human right to water: Report

As the first anniversary of the UN General Assembly’s historic recognition of the human right to water and sanitation draws near, the Council of Canadians, chaired by Food & Water Watch board chair Maude Barlow, is releasing the new report Our Right to Water: A People’s Guide to Implementing the United Nations’ Recognition of the Right to Water and Sanitation.

PM sets 6-month Deadline to End Manual Scavenging

The Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh addressed the Inaugural Session of the Conference of State Ministers of Welfare and Social Justice today. Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Mukul Wasnik, gave the Welcome Speech, and Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Napoleon, delivered the Vote of Thanks.Following is the text of the Prime Minster’s speech on the occasion:

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