Rawalpindi—Participants of National Learning Event on Sanitation & Hygiene organized by Water Supply & Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) termed it imperative for uniformity of sanitation projects as well as allocation of more funds and giving due priority to improve the conditions of sanitation and hygiene in rural and urban areas with active participation of all stakeholders.
This was stressed by the prominent speakers during second day of National Workshop representing all Provinces of Pakistan including AJK, FATA and Gilgilt Bultistan. The National Coordina-tion WSSCC Tanya Khan and Senior Programme Office Communications and Outreach WSSCC David Trouba conducted the event participated by the representatives of Government Departments and organizations working in Water Supply and Sanita-tion sectors in the Provinces.
The participants enthusiastically participated in the deliberations pertaining to review the current situation of water supply and hygienic conditions, present facilities and requirements to ensure hundred percent removal of open defecation especially in rural areas where the situation is worst.
Tanya Khan stressed the need for humanization of data of different government departments regarding elimination of open defecation so that collective efforts could be made to achieve the targets. She said social sector can contribute a lot if it could be given due representation in planning, evaluation and monitoring mechanism.
The heads of four working groups actively participated in group discussions and finalized recommendations which could incorporate in the planning strategies to be implemented by the Govern-ment functionaries in the country to achieve the standards of Sanitation & Hygiene besides suggesting way forward for proper implementation of actions plans.
Participants suggested that Coordination Mechanism should be further strengthened. SDC Planning Process, Collaborative Behavior Change, Planning, Monitoring, Advocacy, Political Will and Learning also came under discussion during the deliberations.