Annually, over 1.4 million deaths in the Eastern, Southern and South-Eastern MDG regions of Asia are attributable to sanitation, hygiene and water-related disease or injury as per the UN - Water survey report- GLASS 2010 (Global Analysis And Assessment of Sanitation & Drinking Water).
Ahead of next week’s South Asian Conference on Sanitation in Sri Lanka, international development agency WaterAid urges countries in the region– India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Bhutan - to invest in sanitation, to save the over 2.8 million children living in the region.
A staggering 750,000 children under the age of five in the region have died from diarrhoea, caused by poor sanitation and unsafe water, since the last SACOSAN conference in Delhi two years ago.
A major regional conference that focuses on water and sanitation, the South Asian Conference on Sanitation (SACOSAN) inaugurated on 4th April 2011 in Colombo was chaired by Water Supply and Drainage Minister Dinesh Gunawardana. This biennial convention held on a rotational basis in each SAARC country since 2003 is being held in Sri Lanka for its 4th session and to be attended by about 450 delegates from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, the Maldives and Afghanistan.
One out of four urban dwellers does not have access to improved sanitation facilities.Rapid urbanisation brings along several challenges related to water quality issues and sanitation.
Following the success of World's Longest Toilet Queue Campaign in March 2010, comes the "World Walks for Water" initiative--a global event from 19-22 March 2011- aimed to raise awareness of the world’s current water and sanitation crisis, and critically, demand strong government action to stop the needless deaths of 4000 children every day.
From Yusuf Kabir, United Nations Children’s Fund, Kolkata
Posted 15 December 2008
I am Yusuf Kabir, working with United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Kolkata, in the Water and Environmental Sanitation Department. I am involved in demonstrating and scaling up of Solid and Liquid Waste Management (SLWM) under the Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC) in rural West Bengal, in partnership with panchayats, the West Bengal State Rural Development Department and several NGOs.
From S. Janakarajan, Madras Institute of Development Studies (MIDS) Chennai
Posted 5 June 2007
I work with the Madras Institute of Development Studies (MIDS) in Chennai.
In recent years, there is a growing emphasis on promoting Ecological Sanitation (ecosan) due to a number of factors:
“Experiences with Ecosan Systems to Provide Sustainable Sanitation for Schools in Kenya and India” written by Rahul Ingle, Christian Rieck and Elisabeth v. Münch published in 2009 by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) and Ecosan Services Foundation (ESF), paper describes the experiences and lessons learnt from using ecosan systems in some schools in Kenya and India.
“Community Eco-Sanitation Toilets India” which have been developed and published in 2008 by the Wherever the Need (WTN) with support from the Industry’s Humanitarian Support Alliance (IHSAN), the case study seek to encourage self sustaining, ecological projects generated through the self empowerment of the people themselves.
Basic Services in Urban Slums of Delhi- A Baseline assessment of four slums in Delhi