September 16,2010

CWW Promotes WASH in Schools at Stockholm World Water Week

9/16/10 - CWW joins the Global Call to Action for WASH in Schools led by UNICEF.

CWW has joined the Global Call to Action for WASH in Schools, led by UNICEF, to urge global decision makers and development partners to prioritize investments in WASH in Schools. CWW joined a panel of other stakeholders at the Stockholm World Water Week conference (September 5-11, 2010) to highlight the critical need to increase access to hand washing and sanitary facilities in schools to prevent infection with soil-transmitted parasites.

Stockholm World Water Week, hosted by the Stockholm International Water Institute, is an annual global meeting for capacity-building, partnership-building and follow-up on the implementation of international processes and programs in water and development. The conference draws over 2,000 participants to exchange views and experiences between the scientific, business, policy and civil society communities, thereby advancing the water, environment, health, livelihood and poverty reduction agendas.

CWW leveraged this impressive forum to present its public-private partnership with Johnson & Johnson as well as the multi-sectoral collaboration for STH control within recipient countries as a model for how to expand collaboration with WASH programs for comprehensive control of STH. It is critical that a comprehensive STH control program involve stakeholders from the Ministry of Water and/or the Ministry of Environment, as well as other stakeholders involved in expanding access to safe water and sanitation facilities. The Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education can work in partnership with the Ministry of Water to mandate that construction of new schools include construction of hand washing and sanitary facilities. Similarly, STH control programs can influence WASH partners to prioritize areas of high STH prevalence for interventions.

If improvements in water, sanitation, and hygiene education are not incorporated into STH control programs as a complementary element to mass drug administration, the cycle of re-infection will continue indefinitely. CWW calls on all its recipient countries and other development partners to take concrete action towards improving the environmental conditions that give rise to STH. CWW will also continue working with UNICEF and other partners to push forward the global agenda to promote WASH in Schools.

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