By Racheal Ninsiima (The Observer newspaper Uganda)
The ministry of Education last week launched a menstrual reader to help teenage girls improve their hygiene.
'Understanding and managing menstruation', is a 50 page booklet divided into three sections to help girls learn about menstruation and how to manage it. Representing the Education minister, the assistant commissioner for Teacher Education in the ministry, Dr Jane Egau, said the reader was intended to keep students in school.
GOVERNMENT in conjunction with SNV Uganda has started skilling pupils in making sanitary pads to curb female pupils' absenteeism from school during menstrual periods.The pilot project of which targets pupils mainly girls from Primary 3 to Primary 7 who are being taught by their teachers how to make pads. The girls will in turn teach their fellow pupils.
Providing first time access to water and sanitation in developing countries is a matter of aid: fighting extreme poverty. But developing permanent services is a different ball game and it needs to be led by government. More than 30 percent of water systems in Sub-Sahara Africa are not functional. Only around 20 percent of the functioning water systems provide a basic level of service: water of WHO accepted quality, flowing 90 percent of the time and at a reasonable distance...
"What needs to happen to ensure that everyone in the world has access to water, hygiene and sanitation (WASH) services? This question drives IRC. What value does an NGO bring to this international effort? In other words, what does a 21st century NGO look like?" These are the introductory words Patrick Moriarty uses to set the scene for IRC's new approach to achieving water, sanitation and hygiene services for the poor.
New director Patrick Moriarty of the IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre called for renewed collective action to tackle failures in provision of water and sanitation services for world's poorest at Stockholm World Water Week 2013.
News site LeFaso.Net reports on the opening of IRC's national office in Burkina Faso on 17 September 2012. The article quotes Sabné Koanda, technical advisor for the Ministry of Agriculture and Water and IRC Director Nico Terra. Besides mentioning IRC's current projects in Burkina - WASHCost, WashTech, SaniFaso, WA-WASH - the article also refers to two new activities, starting in 2013, on MUS (Multiple Use Services) and Burkina FLOW. The article includes a photo gallery.
The July 2012 issue of the New Agriculturist features a story about the "honey-suckers" of Bengaluru, which is based on a case study published by IRC.
In Bengaluru in southern India, tanker drivers known as honey-suckers provide a valuable sanitation service, collecting faecal sludge from households not served by the sewerage network. Much of this is used to fertilise crops on surrounding farmland. Formalising this system would enhance the benefits while addressing safety concerns.
The New Agriculturist article looks at how these safety concerns could be addressed and health standards enforced.
Al Jazeera produced an Inside story on water and sanitation, more specifically on the results and messages of the recently published report of the Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP). IRC's Patrick Moriarty was one of the members on the panel. It was broadcast on 8 March 2012, and live streamed on Al Jazeera's website.