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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

47th WASH Forum

Paschim Paaila, an informal youth network, organizes a regular interaction program, ‘WASH Forum’, in every last Friday of English month. Paschim Paaila now have been reached to 47th series of WASH Forum, with the aim to motivate and address the voices of diversified youth communities and others to provide opportunity for social interaction, knowledge sharing and to analyze critically on different forte of health issues, especially focused on to the environmental health issues, WASH and disasters. On 25 November, 2016, Paschim Paaila, conducted a WASH Forum entitled ‘Equity in School WASH: Overcoming Exclusion and Discrimination in Nepal/South Asia’, with the objective to discuss on current status of school WASH and the problem raised due to inequality in the sector of WASH and to discuss on the roles and responsibilities of youth to advocate and minimize the problem regarding equity in school WASH.
Mr. Siddhi Shrestha, WASH Specialist, UNICEF; and Mr. Homnath Acharya, UNICEF resided as the resource person for the forum. Mr. Shrestha, has been working in the sector of water, sanitation and hygiene for 20 years. This has provided the participants an opportunity to gain more practical and experienced knowledge through the resource person. The forum, highlighted the brief session on differences between equity and equality, importance on school WASH, current WASH situation of Nepal, international goals and targets on school WASH and impact of having ‘No WASH’ in schools. Additionally, Mr. Homnath Acharya further familiarized the existed School WASH polices in Nepal.
Collectively, 30 youths from different institutions, and colleges were the attendees during the event. The forum was well received and quiet interactive as many participant actively engaged in the discussion session. Queries regarding the difference between equity and equality, 3 star approach, School WASH policies were raised during the discussion session. Participant gave their positive feedbacks and concluded forum as informative and effective.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Flash Mob and Community Orientation at Communities of Bhaktapur and Lalitpur

Youth Network Paschim Paaila in collaboration with ENPHO and OXFAM, organized a Flash Mob and Community Orientation at Nagarkot, Sudal and Tathali of Bhaktapur and Siddhipur, Tikathali, Lubhu and Lamatar of Mahalaxmi Municipality, Lalitpur from 15 July to 15 August 2016.

The major objectives of the program were to make the school students and community people aware of apt Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) practices, Disaster Risk Reduction and disaster preparedness. The orientation covered water purification methods (PoU option), hand-washing techniques and its critical stages, hazards of open defecation (5F diagram), menstrual hygiene management, and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). The flash mob was performed by a team of 10 Pachim Paaila volunteers. The team prepared a dance routine for events at respective places from 15 July to 15 August, 2016.

The flash mob successfully gathered residents and triggered them their engagement during the orientation programs. Collectively, more than 2000

people viewed the flash mob events. The orientation team gathered further positive feedback from the attendees.
45th WASH Forum: “Current Issues of Waterborne Diseases and Threat of Epidemic in Kathmandu Valley”

Paschim Paaila in collaboration with ENPHO, successfully conducted the 45th series of WASH Forum on “WASH Forum: “Current Issues of Waterborne Diseases and Threat of Epidemic in Kathmandu Valley on 26 August, 2016 at ENPHO Hall, Thapagaun, New Baneshwor. Ms. Luna Keshari Kansakar, WASH Officer at UNICEF resided as the resource person. The major objectives of the forum were to share on role of WASH during epidemic, to understand the challenges of WASH in Urban setup and to know the role of youth to minimize the epidemic.
Mr. Tej Kiran Joshi, Senior RC Associate at ENPHO welcomed all the participants and briefly introduced the objectives of the WASH Forum. Ms. Luna Keshari Kansakar explained about the major water borne diseases caused by pathogen that could take the form of epidemic and its transmission. She further enlightened about prevention, response and preparedness on epidemic and explain how to address the WASH issues in urban setup.
Various topics like; methods of waste management, Fecal sludge management and waste water management in Kathmandu Valley and various approaches during the cholera prevention campaign were discussed during the discussion session.
Collectively, 46 participants from different colleges and institutions took active participation in the forum.