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WaterAid India launches Photo and Media Fellowship

WaterAid India has launched two fellowships: Photo Fellowship ‘The WASH Photo Project’ and Media Fellowship ‘WASH Matters 2018’. With 600 million people facing high to extreme water stress and 2,00,000 people dying every year dying due to inadequate access to safe water, India is suffering from ‘the worst ever water crises’ in its history, as... Read more

World Environment Day 2018

In Nelamangala (Karnataka), Palakkad (Kerala) and Sri City (Andhra Pradesh), world environment day was observed to create awareness amongst the community members based on this years’ theme – Beat Plastic Pollution. The activities at each community focussed on conservation and protection of the environment. Rallies, orientation sessions, planting saplings, and drawing competitions were organised in... Read more

Primary Health Centre, Pusapatirega presented Kayakalp Award

In 2015, the union government of India took an initiative to encourage Primary Health Centres (PHCs) to excel in standards for cleanliness and hygiene through Kayakalp award. The award is endowed to any health facility on certain parameters, such as hospital/ facility upkeep, sanitation and hygiene, waste management, infection control, support services, and hygiene promotion... Read more

Menstrual Hygiene Day 2018

On 28 May 2018, Menstrual Hygiene Day was observed across the country. WaterAid India organised and participated in a wide range of activities to mark the day. Menstrual Awareness Conclave: Niine Movement On 28 May 2018, a panel discussion was organised by the NIINE Movement. At the menstrual awareness conclave, Avinash Kumar, Director Policy and... Read more

Ensuring safe WASH practices for everyone, everywhere!

Rural belts of Chhattisgarh state have been recently declared open defecation free, shifting the focus from the construction of toilets to usage and ensuring accessibility for all. While sustaining the use of toilets is key to Swachh Bharat Mission, inclusive toilets also hold equal importance, including the persons with disability (PwD) and the transgender communities.... Read more

Accessibility Audit of inclusive WASH facilities

In Narsapur constituency of Medak district in Telangana, an audit on the accessibility of toilets for WASH facilities at the household level and institutions was conducted. The objective of the study was to identify the gaps and influence government in making WASH programmes more accessible, inclusive and user-friendly, especially benefit people with special needs. A total... Read more

Demonstrating relevant methods to sustain WASH

On International Women’s Day, 08 March 2018, Mahila Swashtkti Mela (women empowerment fair) was organised by Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM). The fair was attended by about 20,000 women. It was marked to recognise the strength of women and their role in sanitation. Almost 50 women across the country were awarded for their contribution in making... Read more

Making Ashramshalas WASH compliant

In Maharashtra, ashramshala (as supported by National Stock Exchange of India Limited) is an emerging government institution that provides the children of tribal families with education and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) information as well as infrastructure. In recent times, efforts are being made to ensure that ashramshalas are WASH compliant; ensuring access to clean water,... Read more