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Updates from the Global Forum on Sanitation and Hygiene

On 9-14 October 2011, ANEW and FANSA members are joining WASH professionals from around the world to gather at WSSCC's Global Forum on Sanitation and Hygiene in Mumbai, India.

FAN/SA and ANEW representatives are promoting the network, their work and learning from the many sessions.

They are also making the most of having so many key players from the sector in one place; meeting with key partners to strategize and plan activities at side events (find out more here).

See the latest updates from Twitter, Facebook and around the web:


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

O.P. SinghO.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 Johnson, Networking and Communications Manager at FAN Global, recommended more active involvement of civil society 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.

Poor cannot wait for their right: Hilda shares strategies for empowering communities

Hilda Grace Coelho, Convener of FANSA India, works with the Dalit and marginalized communities at the grassroots level in India. Sixty four years after independence, there is still much work to be done.

My week in pictures - Global Forum on Sanitation, Mumbai 9-14 October 2011 

Ceridwen Speaks at panel in MumbaiCeridwen Johnson attended the Global Forum on Sanitation organized by the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) in Mumbai.  This snapshot of the week in pictures  provides a flavour of some of the highlights.


Adopt sanitation, hygiene and clean water for healthy living

WASH Cricket PosterAfter 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".

FANSA and ANEW member impressions of the Global Forum on Sanitation

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.

Sharing across regional sanitation conferences

Ceridwen Johnson SpeaksCeridwen 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.


South-South cooperation and exchanges in Mumbai

FAN FamilyAbout 700 Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) working on WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) issues at the grassroots level in the South Asian and African nations, have shared and learned from each others' successes and failures to improve the water and sanitation situation in these regions.

I Do

The word innovation does not restrict itself to technology and methodology alone. This was proved correct at the Global Forum on Sanitation and Hygiene, which is being held in Mumbai by the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC)

Dharabi Slum will never ended

Authority wants people poor living because they can pay them low salary. for their interest they will not want to upgrade the poor people life. Stragedy........................