WASH-Net plans New Strategies to deal with Water Shortage
WASH–Net water, sanitation and hygiene network in partnership with Water Aid and Oxfam over the weekend ended a two day workshop at the Grassroots Gender Empowerment Movement’s (GGEM) Conference Hall, 58 Jones Street, Freetown on July 6th -7th 2012.
Speaking on the theme, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, the National Coordinator Ansumana Sokoh said it is very important towards human consumption in terms of safe drinking water and adequate sanitation and hygiene facilities.
He said the workshop geared towards sharpening WASH-Net’s focal contact persons at national level to ensure that they identify plans and programs of activities at district level in their various communities to increase and promote knowledge with adequate information to ensure that communities have access to protect water sources.
He urged participants to develop possible plans that will target politicians to include the significance of WASH-Net in their manifestoes for a campaign mechanism both at district, regional and national levels and at party levels.
Claire Seaward, Advocacy Campaign Coordinator, Oxfam International said water crisis claims thousand of children’s lives daily in Sierra Leone, hence an impact on the health, dignity, education and work opportunities for Girls and women should be created.
In her PowerPoint presentation, she stated that safe water and adequate sanitation are still not available to almost 40% of the world; adding that water crises is completely preventable but those in power are not doing enough to stop it, while all over the world people join together with formidable forces to end water and sanitation crises as this is the time to campaign on water and sanitation issues during an election period.
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