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Monday, November 29, 2010

Hygiene issues were explored at WASH FORUM

Hygiene issues were explored at WASH FORUM

By: Phurba Sange Moktan
As the part of regular interaction program, WASH FORUM hit the topic regarding hygiene issues and handwashing for the month of November on 26th November, 2010 at ENPHO Hall which was the joint effort of ENPHO, paschim paaila and WASH-RCNN.\

As per the schedule, program begun at around 1:30 with the introductory icebreaking from master of ceremony, Ms. Kamala KC. The WASH FORUM was divided in to two sessions, first was the semiformal field experience sharing and certification to the volunteers of a month long “HYGIENE AND SANITATION” Campaign-10 and second was the informal key note and research based presentations by the respective resource persons on the topic, “Hygiene Issues and Handwashing: Challenges and Opportunities”.

Mr. Phurba Sange Moktan, “paschim paaila” continued the program with the introductory presentation and campaign updates of the campaign. Dr. Suman Kumar Shakya, ED of ENPHO chaired as guest and distributed certificates to encourage the field volunteers of the campaign. Alongside, he also announced the name of the winners of FACEBOOK HANDWASHING MESSAGE CONTEST-10 and awarded the winners as FACEBOOK HANDWASHING CHAMP- 1st, 2nd and 3rdin which Ms. Karishma KC, Mr. Saunak Bhatta and Ms. Kabita Gautam became 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Second session was led by Mr. Om Prasad Gautam, Water Aid Nepal with his key note presentation on the topic, “Hygiene Issues with handwashing” in which status of handwashing practices, present scenarios, different challenges versus opportunities on hygiene issues, etc were critically analyzed and presented. Then, some discussions and queries were made regarding the presentation. Similarly, field and survey based sharing on the topic were done by Ms. Neha Khanal, “paschim paaila”, who had been engaged throughout the campaign as a facilitator. She shared, “Getting awareness and applying in practice were gotten two different things for communities, unless one demonstrate and hit continuous through such campaigns, many of them won’t get bother to apply in practice.”

After having short refreshment break of about 15 minutes, Ms. Shova Adhikari, UNICEF directed her research based presentation on the same topic rationalizing the issues and situations. With taking national and global evidences from the research experiences of UNICEF, she presented the data facts and finding related to the issue. The pattern of questioning and answering side by side of the presentation were made the participants feeling curios and interested.

“This kind of interaction provide us the opportunities to think outside the box as well, otherwise it could be the challenges for us as well. Being a youth, we should take responsibilities by ourselves to have at least little efforts on such social issues”, Said, one participant on feed back collection periods. About 70 participants were actively participated on the program from various institutions and organizations. The program ended up with the final remarks and invitation for next forum on last Friday of December by Mr. Phurba Sange Moktan at around 4:00 pm.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

HANDWASHING STATION kicked off by CA member Mr. Gagan Kumar Thapa

HANDWASHING STATION kicked off by CA member Mr. Gagan Kumar Thapa

Written by: Phurba Sange Moktan
On the occasion of Global Handwashing day 2010, HANDWASHING STATION was kicked off from the honorable Constitution Assembly member Mr. Gagan Kumar Thapa on 15th November, 2010 at New-Baneshwor, Kathmandu.

Global handwashing day, which has been observing since 2008 along with more than 80 countries, was decided to observe from November 15, shifting one month later than the international date in Nepal for this year due to the famous festival, Dashain and Tihar. The theme for this year was “THE DAY, MORE THAN JUST A DAY”. paschim paaila in collaboration with ENPHO, CAWST and other stakeholders jointly raised hands for campaigning to raise mass awareness, promote hygiene behavior and lift up advocacy through the campaign entitled, “HYGIENE AND SANITATION” Campaign-10, in which various sorts of activities has been organized and will continue up to the end of November, 2010. Among them, HANDWASHING STATION was one of the most sensitizing events which have inaugurated from Mr. Gagan Kumar Thapa with washing hands with soap and having commitment for continuity to make it more than just a day. Dr. Suman Kumar Shakya, Executive director of ENPHO also shared his some valuable words regarding the event and approach, which has also been very supportive. Youths from different institutions, college students from near by Colleges, school children, pedestrians, local people, paschim paaila volunteers, ENPHO staffs, etc. were participated on the event.
Mr. Phurba Sange Moktan, Campaign Coordinator said,“HANDWASHING STATION was designed as a dynamic place for sensitizing the issue of handwashing with soap, which does not only contain the hand washing facilities but also has the accessibility of soaps as well for helping to foster the local culture of handwashing with soap.” The campaign run from 15th - 19th November, 2010 on different parts of Kathmandu such as New-Baneshwor, Chabahil, Ratnapark and Bagbazar area in which some major activites were handwashing with soap, commitment collection, playing game-HIT THE GERM, demonstration of correct time and techniques to wash hands with soap, etc. About 500 people directly involved with handwashing and commitment signing. Indirectly, More than 10000 people got sensitized from the campaign.

“Though it’s just a small effort, it definitely has become the remarkable one.” Said, Mr. Ram Maharjan, Campaign facilitator.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

A WASH FORUM on: "स्वास्थ्य सरोकार र हात धुने बानी: चुनौती र अवसरहरु"

"स्वास्थ्य सरोकार र हात धुने बानी: चुनौती र अवसरहरु"
(“Hygiene Issues and Handwashing: Challenges and Oppertunities")

WASH FORUM is a common interaction forum for knowledge sharing and advocacy regarding water, sanitation and hygiene and disasters/epidemics as social issues, not merely health or, environment issues. In this forum, basically current issues, concerns and youth initiatives of WASH will be focused and tries to address the voices of diversified youth communities along side to others.
This time, WASH FORUM is focusing on HYGIENE ISSUES AND HANDWASHING, which will also provide a space for social interaction, knowledge sharing and critical analysis on the topic that is obviously a social concern issue.

1. To provide the opportunity for social interaction and knowledge sharing on hygiene and handwashing concern as a social issue
2. To analyze critically on the hygiene issues with handwashing

Target Audience (Who can participate):
-Youths from all dimensions
- College youth communities from all dimensions
- Non-youths from all dimensions
- Health workers
- Policy makers
- WASH Professionals

Event venue:
@ ENPHO Hall, Thapagaun , Newbaneshwor
Event date:
@ 26th November, 2010
Event time:
@ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Planned Activities:
-Field experience sharing and issue raising
-Campaign survey and learning sharing on Hygiene issue
-Research based paper presentation on hygiene issues and handwashing
-Key note speech on Challenges and opportunities

Guest Speakers:
1.Mr. Om Prasad Gautam, Social Development Advisor, Water Aid Nepal
2.Ms. Shova Adhikari, UNICEF

For further communication, WE ARE HERE TO HELP.......

Focal persons:
Giri Raj Khatri, Facilitator- 9841869144
Kamala KC, Facilitator - 9841272410
Phurba Sange Moktan, Coordinator - 9849146184

Phurba Sange Moktan
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