On 17 March, IRC made a key presentation on factors that enhance and hinder effective WASH in school programs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague. This was for a Kenyan delegation from Nakuru who were in the Netherlands for the Football for Water programme.
“People are developing a taste for healthy living. They want improvement‑compared to us and what we are doing, they want better.” Md Amin Uddin one of the elders in Arua village in Keshabpur upazila, Jessore district, Bangladesh is optimistic about the future.
It costs at least US$ 10 per student to construct water and sanitation facilities in schools and another US$ 1.40 per student per year for all recurrent costs including continuous support to hygiene promotion.
According to UNICEF, the majority of schools in Burkina Faso don't have drinking water or sanitation facilities. This has been identified as one of the major obstacles to children's education in the country.
The post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals should include access to water and sanitation in schools, clinics and the work place. This was stated by IRC and Simavi during a networking event on Thursday 4 December at the Mauritshuis in The Hague.
Next year the Millennium Development Goals will make way for their successors: the Sustainable Development Goals. What does this mean for global development? What should the new targets include? Organisations working in water, sanitation and hygiene closely follow the making of the new agenda.
Menstrual hygiene management is of critical importance for school going girls. Last week in Kampala a conference on menstrual hygiene management aimed to break the silence and move towards solutions. One of the drivers of the conference was a study undertaken by IRC and SNV Uganda.