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WASH in Schools in India: A Mission to Accomplish
NEW DELHI, 10 Aug 2013 -More than 130 Water, Sanitation and Hygiene and Educational professionals from the GoI, State Governments, Training Institutes and civil society organizations from 25 states participated in first WASH in Schools Leadership Course.

Water in India – Situation and Prospects: Positive changes brought about by small communities in terms of water conservation and management.
The positive changes brought about by small communities in terms of water conservation and management are highlighted in the report. These changes were brought about by the active participation and involvement of communities in finding solutions.

Sanitation Initiative Changes Mind Set, Reaps Results
Though sanitation continues to be one of the prime concerns for the State as well as district administration for many years, it gained momentum in Medak district only through the “Intinta Parishudyam” (meaning, sanitation in every house) initiative.

On a Hand Washing Mission: Young Girls Herald Change in the Community
Thanks to the support provided by the SSA and UNICEF, students of schools such as Sajjanpara primary school, are learning to adopt handwashing and other good hygiene habits

Children Lead the Way to A Healthier Tomorrow in Assam
Thanks to the Child Friendly Schools and Systems (CFSS) initiative by UNICEF in collaboration with the Sarba Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) in Assam, a national flagship programme for Education, a wave of change has been initiated in Sajjanpara primary school.

Menstrual Hygiene Key to Keeping Girls in School
Culturally here in southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu as in many other parts of India, menstruation is considered dirty and impure and during periods girls are discouraged to attend school and stay at homes.

Students Show Clean Hands Prevent Disease
The handwashing campaign, part of a UNICEF programme called ‘School Saving Lives’, stresses the importance of using soap, not just water, to clean hands before eating or preparing food, after using toilet, changing a baby’s soiled pants and other tasks.

Youth Volunteers Alert Communities to Government Programmes
The alert programme, supported by UNICEF, recruits volunteers like Khumeshwar from villages around Chattisgarh. In a series of workshops, it trains them to help fellow villagers identify problems in their community.

Women’s Group Bands Together to Clean-Up Slum Neighbourhoods
Munni Begum belongs to 16-member strong, volunteer woman’s empowerment group, which is helping to clean up her neighbourhood in Moradabad and spread the importance of hygiene to promote good health.

Orissa Celebrates Global Handwashing Day
About 6.5 million children enrolled in government primary and upper primary schools across the state washed their hands with soap at the same time before their mid-day meal on GHD, creating a record.

Bhopal Kids celebrate Global Handwashing day
BHOPAL, India, 14 October 2010 - About 10, 000 enthusiastic school children gathered at the Lal Parade Grounds here on Thursday morning to soap-up and celebrate Global Handwashing Day.

Celebrating the commitment to handwashing in Assam
NEW DELHI, 10 Aug 2013 -More than 130 Water, Sanitation and Hygiene and Educational professionals from the GoI, State Governments, Training Institutes and civil society organizations from 25 states participated in first WASH in Schools Leadership Course.

Fast Facts And Figures About Handwashing
Over 1.5 million children under five die each year as a result of diarrhoea. It is the second most common cause of child deaths worldwide.

World Toilet Day 2012
NEW DELHI, 10 Aug 2013 -More than 130 Water, Sanitation and Hygiene and Educational professionals from the GoI, State Governments, Training Institutes and civil society organizations from 25 states participated in first WASH in Schools Leadership Course.

More than 200 million to celebrate third Global Handwashing Day
NEW YORK/GENEVA 15 October 2010 - For the third annual Global Handwashing Day, more than 200 million schoolchildren, parents, teachers, celebrities and government officials around the world will lather up, but at the end of the day.

Improved Sanitation Attract and Keep Students in School in Uttar Pradesh
SSUKRIT, 15 October 2010 -Sonbhadra is one of eight districts in Uttar Pradesh (UP) where UNICEF has worked since October 2009 to improve sanitation with funding from IKEA Social Initiative (ISI).

Sensitising Children on the Importance of Using Toilets
KORAPUT, Orissa, India, 20 April 2010 – Dalimbo, Saroj and Chanchala Jani hail from different villages in Borigumma block of Koraput district, but they have been able to achieve the same thing.

Achieving One Hundred Per Cent Individual Household Latrines Coverage
For the people in Pata Laudi, a tiny village atop the mountains in Sunki Panchayat of Pottangi block in Koraput district, achieving one hundred per cent coverage of Individual Household Latrines (IIHL.

Political Will and Community Action Merge into a Social March
Babloo ki Maa was given a toilet, the first one in her village. It was constructed by the Public Health Engineering Department (PHED) of the Government of Bihar and the Minister of Bihar, Mr. Ashwini Kumar Chaubey himself, along with his team and locals.

Child Cabinets to Test Water Quality
These students are members of the local Bal Sansad or Child Cabinet, who have been trained to test the quality of drinking water from the hand pumps and wells in their village.

Children take lead in pledging, practising and promoting handwashing
The importance of doing things the right way -- this was perhaps the one thing which children clearly understood this Global Handwashing Day in Assam.

The Magic Cube
Soap is what every mother, father and child is being asked to use. Handwashing with soap is what every school is being asked to ensure. Soap, is what will bring down diarrhoeal deaths.

Child Reporters lead in organising handwashing activities
The child reporters, headed by the Head Mistress of the ZIla Parishad High School, Madhavi Latha, rallied around their village on October 15 and spoke to villagers about the benefits of handwashing.

Making Sanitation and Hygiene Behaviour a Way of Life
The launch of the Rural Sanitation Week on 2nd October was the culmination of a host of activities that were being implemented by the Government of Gujarat as a part of an intensive campaign.

One Minute to Health
Every day, Kamlesh, along with his batch mates, queues to wash his hands before heading to the school kitchen. Kamlesh, like 550 other students of his school, strictly follows this routine not only at the school but also at home.

India Celebrates Second Annual Handwashing Day
Ten million students and 250,000 gram panchayats across India today celebrated the second annual Handwashing Day by demonstrating the correct way of washing their hands with soap, the best protection against diarrhoea and influenza.

Rajasthan Pledges To Save Lives By Washing Hands
NEW DELHI, 10 Aug 2013 -More than 130 Water, Sanitation and Hygiene and Educational professionals from the GoI, State Governments, Training Institutes and civil society organizations from 25 states participated in first WASH in Schools Leadership Course.

Media prepares ground for annual Handwashing Day
Ankita was one of the 15 journalists who attended the state level media workshop on handwashing. The workshop intended to make the media aware how a simple act of handwashing can save lives.

Women hand pump mechanics on the move
It may not be quite common elsewhere in the country, but for the villagers of Lava Panchayat women repairing hand pumps is a common sight.

An end to daily humiliation
Families in Sikarpur village in Nalanda district of North Inidan state of Bihar, have opted for household toilets to get rid of the stigma of open defecation

UNICEF Proud to Partner with State-wide Campaign on Total Sanitation in Bihar
In an effort to create a people’s movement around the issue of improved sanitation, the Chief Minister of Bihar, Mr. Nitish Kumar, flagged off the Bihar Gram Gaurav Yatra at the historical Fort grounds of Rajgrih

International Year of Sanitation: Ushering in the winds of change in Orissa
The significance of improving people’s access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation cannot be underestimated in a state where unacceptable levels of both infant and maternal mortality have remained a cause of deep concern for policy makers.

Sustainable Sanitation
Pardi Village, Yavatmal, Maharashtra: A neatly framed citation hanging on Gram Panchayat walls in Pardi village announces village receiving ‘Nirmal Gram Puraskar’ on attaining full sanitation coverage in households, schools and Aanganwadi centers

Girls Show the Way
If you look for apparent signs of development in Tipeshwar village you are likely to be disappointed

WASMO Gujarat awarded by Prime Minister for Excellence in Public Administration
Water and Sanitation Management Organisation, Gujarat, popularly known as WASMO, was awarded by the Prime Minister of India for Excellence in Public Administration for the year 2006-07.

School children demand, get special toilet on World Water Day
As the world grapples with the challenges of unsafe water supplies contributing to 88 per cent of all diseases, student cabinets in this rural village of India’s eastern Indian state of Bihar have shown the way forward.

Low-cost materials boost toilets construction in rural Andhra Pradesh
UNICEF identified and provided technical support in setting up compressed earth brick (CEB) production units while MEDVAN provided the necessary training to 11 entrepreneurs some of whom are already trained masons...

…and he kept his promise
UNICEF has launched Urban Sanitation interventions under USHA (Urban Sanitation & Hygiene Action) Project with the aim to bring hygiene and sanitation in urban poor areas.

School sanitation programme - unexpected journey from class room to the world roundtable discussion
Rekha, an eighth standard student, is the new icon of success in the village because she was coming home after representing their country in a global conference in the United Kingdom

UNICEF’s response to tsunami emergency in India
This year’s Christmas break came to a crashing halt for Dr. Prakash Gurnani, UNICEF’s health officer in the state of Tamil Nadu in southern India.

State-wide planning for rural schools – Tamil Nadu
If the click of a mouse could open up an entire range of data on a school in a remote area of India, planning would become better and funds would reach the right place.

Combating Fluorosis – Andhra Pradesh
Excess fluoride in drinking water sources in Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh has made the area’s marginalised, rural population vulnerable to fluorosis.

Women in the forefront - Jharkhand
Chakulia in the East Singhbhum district of Jharkhand has high infant mortality and poor sanitation.


 

 
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