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3rd Annual Virtual Menstrual Hygiene Mgmnt in WASH in Schools Conference

Thu, 02Oct2014 Leave a comment

 Sponsors: Columbia University and UNICEF
October 29th 2014
The 3rd annual virtual MHM conference will provide an opportunity to share lessons learned with the WASH in Schools (WinS) community around the world with a particular focus on MHM programming in WinS in various contexts. The conference will also enable the global WinS community to gather documentation for a basic package of MHM in WinS interventions. The conference will provide an opportunity to: (1)Share school based MHM program descriptions (2) Share findings on MHM program scale and impact and (3) Share recommendations about how new MHM programs can be developed by WinS practitioners

The 3rd annual virtual MHM in WinS conference will build on the content and recommendations of the prior two conferences, and continue the effort to fill in the gaps in the existing knowledge and advocacy around this important issue. Columbia University and UNICEF will be hosting the one-day conference on October 29th 2014, to bring together WASH, MHM experts, relevant global health and education experts, UNICEF country offices, academics and organizations from around the world currently implementing MHM-related activities.
Tentative Agenda:
The one-day meeting1 will convene in New York City, with a select number of in-person participants, with the vast majority of participants to be online by webex. There will be three sessions that allow for the sharing of a range of content while also attempting to accommodate various time zones. The sessions will include:
Session One: Program
What programs are currently being implemented to address the MHM barriers facing girls in a range of contexts? What are the key components of the programs? Who are the key stakeholders involved?
Session Two: Program Scale and Impact
What are the findings on the current scale and impact of existing MHM programs? What are the goals for future scale-up? What barriers and enablers to scale and impact are being encountered in various contexts?
Session Three: Recommendations for New Programs
What program approaches are recommended for organizations seeking to initiate an MHM program in WinS?
What are recommended first steps for initiating an MHM in WinS program?
All [submitters were asked ]to focus their discussion on the following topical areas that have been identified in recent years as fundamental aspects of MHM in WinS:
 Knowledge and education (sufficient knowledge, practical guidance and support)
 WASH facilities addressing MHM needs (privacy, disposal mechanisms, access to water and soap etc.)
 Availability and accessibility of absorbent materials
There will be time for discussion after all the presentations via webex.

1 A small in-person conference will be held on the 2nd day (October 30th) for which a small number of presenters will be invited to attend to further discuss the MHM in WinS global agenda. Please indicate your interest in attending for consideration although given limited space, the 2nd day will only be able to accommodate a small number of attendees.OR INTERESTED PRESENTERS

Please send expression of interest to by 22nd of October 2014.
Included in the email must be:
 Your name
 Country where you will be joining via the internet


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Sesame Workshop’s Muppet Friend Raya Encourages Proper Hygiene

Thu, 02Oct2014 Leave a comment

Published on May 27, 2014

United Nations – Raya, from Sesame Workshop’s Global Health Initiative, shares what she’s learned about proper hygiene. She always remembers to wear her sandals to the latrine and knows how to avoid spreading germs.

Learn more:
Script (pdf):…
UN campaign:…

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Certificate Course in Water and Sanitation

Tue, 30Sep2014 Leave a comment

Capacity Africa Institute is pleased to announce a certificate online and distance learning Course in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Management Start date: 1st November 2014 .Course End: 1st January 2015

Overall Course Overview:

This basic course outlines the evidence base for WASH as a major contributor to health and wider community development. It outlines the key interventions to be implemented, the relative effectiveness of each component on the disease burden, the practicalities of delivery (i.e. achieving good hygiene behaviors’) indicators of performance and methods for measuring impact. The course provides an understanding of WASH in the context of wider public health challenges and illustrates the practical interventions necessary to deliver on health and wider development/emergency needs. Course Objectives: By the end of this course, a student assessed as competent against this qualification will be able to: Understand public health and appreciate the current and future disease burden in developing countries Correlate WASH and Environmental Health with Public Health (including nutrition) in the context of community development Understand the practicalities around community water supply, waste management (including drainage), and related environmental health issues for effective community hygiene promotion Examine indicators of performance in WASH and wider environmental health.

Course Organizers: Capacity Africa Institute ( more…

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UNITAR is launching a new session of the e-learning course Governance in Urban Sanitation

Wed, 17Sep2014 Comments off

The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) is launching a new session of the e-learning course Governance in Urban Sanitation, from Monday 6 October to Friday 12 December 2014.

Course goal

This course aims to enhance the capacity of local decision-makers and sanitation professionals to make enlightened decisions and investments in urban sanitation. It provides analytical tools to understand the financial and institutional framework of the sanitation sector, taking into account the needs of urban poor communities.


This 4-module course is based on UNITAR’s sound adult learning pedagogical principles. The modules include interactive lessons and illustrated narratives that introduce the participant to the conceptual foundations of governance in urban sanitation. Taking advantage of the opportunities of technology-enhanced learning, the learning materials are presented through various media such as text, graphs, images and video material, which contribute to better retention and enhance the learning process

Participants engage in the development of a case study, where they can apply the knowledge gained to a real-life scenario. Peer reviews and discussion forums are the other core elements of the course, organized to create collective knowledge and to facilitate interaction and experience sharing. Each module also includes self-assessment exercises as well as quizzes. A high level sanitation expert guides participants through all the learning activities.

Please see the flyer attached for further details on course description, content and workload.

For any inquiry, feel free to contact us at

How to register:

Registration is open online at

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Peru Seeks Private Funding for $19 Billion of Water Works

Wed, 17Sep2014 Comments off

Peru is seeking investors for $19 billion of projects through 2021 to help improve access to potable water and sanitation in the South American country.


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INDIACSR Invites Speakers for its 1st #S

Mon, 01Sep2014 Comments off


New Delhi: INDIACSR the largest Indian business network for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is organizing first Indian Sanitation Summit 2014 themed ‘Sanitation for all- Toilet First’ in New Delhi in December 18-19, 2014.

The India Sanitation Summit will involve some of the most reputable and competent national and world renowned speakers from government and private sectors, research agencies, innovators, social scientists and thought leaders dealing in sanitation and toiletries industries in the country. There will be 50 speakers and 300 participants projected in these 2 days exclusive summit.

We invite speakers for our mega summit on sanitation to contribute towards the ever growing knowledge on Sanitation and toilet innovation and share ideas, knowledge and experience on best practices and discuss collaborative projects between governments, organization and its stakeholder –the society. Travel and accommodation are to be managed by speakers by their own. There will be no provision of reimbursement of TA and DA by the organizers.

Speakers from manufacturers, technology providers and products category kindly refer sponsorship page of summit website (to be released soon) for details of terms and conditions for registration.

Your expertise and knowledge in the field expressed through your speeches, presentations and case studies would highlight thought provoking activities and facilitate knowledge transfer across the august gathering in the following areas and related sub-areas: more…

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for real??? All Delhi slums to have # Toilets,sanitation plan

Mon, 01Sep2014 Comments off

source #watsan #wash

An advisory panel to devise sanitation strategy in slums has been constituted

As announced by the Prime Minister in his Independence Day speech to provide toilet facilities in cities, villages and slums, the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB) has decided to provide toilet facilities to all slum-dwellers in all localities and slums in the national capital. The board has planned the slum sanitation strategy for cleanliness and for providing toilet facilities to slum dwellers in the national capital.

“The board has planned to provide sanitation facilities as well as upgrading the existing toilets and providing new toilets with the modern facilities in the slum clusters. It is the mandate of the DUSIB to rehabilitate slum the dwellers, and providing toilets facilities in jhuggijhopri clusters. The finance minister has also announced for providing toilets in slums and JJ clusters, while presenting the Delhi Budget for the year,” chief executive officer of DUSIB Amar Nath said.

He further said that   more…

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