The USA based Millennium Water Alliance (MWA) launches its Ethiopia WASH Program at a workshop in Addis Ababa from 30 September to 2 October 2014. IRC and Aqua for All are the two Dutch organisations that will support MWA in the program. The new program runs from July 2014 to June 2017 with funding from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and other partners. The MWA Ethiopia Program brings together a unique permanent coalition of both international and Ethiopian NGOs, that has reached nearly 1.1 million people in 28 woredas with water, sanitation and hygiene education since 2004.
On day three of World Water Week in Stockholm, the Guardian's Eliza Anyangwe speaks with IRC's CEO Patrick Moriarty onthe question of who pays for what floats to the surface. "It takes courage for donors to ignore 30 years of bad experiences with governments and work with them again. Taxpayers in donor countries are suffering from aid fatigue so insisting on payment for results is good, but pay for the right results ... So you've given one million people access to drinking water but will they still have it after two years?" NGOs should offer support to government reform, do less direct implementation. Do you agree with IRC's CEO that donors should fund services not hardware?
By Shabibah Nakirigya (the Monitor Uganda) - At the IRC co-organised event, Experts recommend menstrual hygiene management be part of Health's periodic inspection and report be made to the district water and sanitation coordination committee on the quarterly basis.
By New Vision's Clare Muhindo and Grace Amme - The Ministry of Education has developed a reader to teach primary school girls how to manage their menstrual periods, in a bid to reduce the number of school drop outs.
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.