The 7th SACOSAN conference kicks off today in Islamabad
In recent years, SACOSAN Is a powerful agent for sanitation and hygiene progress in South Asia and in recent years has highlighted, in particular, the voices, and needs, of people in vulnerable situations
The 7th South Asian Conference on Sanitation (SACOSAN) commences earlier today in Islamabad, Pakistan. The event is themed Safe Sanitation in South Asia – Plan 2030.
The SACOSAN member country includes Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
SACOSAN objectives include:
- To accelerate the progress in sanitation and hygiene promotion in South Asia;
- To reiterate political commitment in each country of the region for furthering the sanitation agenda;
- To share experiences and lessons learnt in sanitation and hygiene promotion.
In recent years, SACOSAN Is a powerful agent for sanitation and hygiene progress in South Asia and in recent years has highlighted, in particular, the voices, and needs, of people in vulnerable situations.
‘SACOSAN is a vibrant mechanism for learning and sharing, assessing progress, regional advocacy and benchmarking,’ says WSSCC Executive Director Rolf Luyendijk, who is participating in the event.
“This is prime time for the seniors to transfer responsibility of SouthAsiaPlan2030 to younger generation" says MuhammadWasif15, a Young WASH-Climate Change-DRR-Youth Motivator & Development Professional.
The conference is also hosting an event on Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) in South Asia.
The event highlights successful examples on how improving general awareness and institutional practices around Menstrual Hygiene. Management (MHM) can help socio-economic achievements, health, and development of adolescent girls throughout South Asia.
Bushra Aman, Secretary Women Development Dept, Punjab, Pakistan, discusses strategies to improve #MHM incl. increasing awareness, improving #WASH facilities for girls & working with communities to eliminate discriminatory behaviours @Sacosanofficial #SACOSAN7 #MenstruationMatters pic.twitter.com/pUd2pRhH7H— UNICEF Pakistan (@UNICEF_Pakistan) April 10, 2018
Dearth of awareness, taboos and beliefs are some of the reasons for the lack of MHM according to MHM Working Group in Pakistan.
"Budgeting in line with SDGs can help Pakistan easily achieve the target by 2030" 7th South Asian Conference on Sanitation, says Mr. Salman Yousuf from the Public Health Engineering Department, Punjab (Pakistan).
"We need to ensure that we are going beyond the schools and reaching out to people who have influence on girls, such as parents and communities." Theresa Mahon from @WaterAidSverige at @sacosanofficial in the side event on #MHM in South Asia. pic.twitter.com/0SIaHHMfgm— UNICEF Pakistan (@UNICEF_Pakistan) April 10, 2018