UNICEF and WHO support Development of Monitoring Capacities on WASH in schools in Turkmenistan
28 June 2021 – UNICEF together with WHO conducted online consultations on Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) in schools for comparable national coverage estimates and SDG monitoring. Harmonized indicators and recommended standards to collect data on basic drinking water, sanitation, and handwashing facilities in schools were presented and discussed, and national partners shared the national tools for data collection in this area. The consultations laid the basis for the initiation of the UNICEF/WHO Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) country discussions on WASH in schools to support the annual SDGs monitoring and progress reporting.
Access to quality water, sanitation, and hygiene are critical to ensure children can live and learn in a safe and healthy environment. This is especially relevant in the context of the Global Pandemic and National Preparedness and Response Plan of Turkmenistan to Acute Infectious Disease, as well as in the context of mitigating the impacts of climate change on these services.
As a follow-up to the consultations, a cross-sectoral monitoring and reporting mechanism will be established, and data collection forms will be refined in alignment with the recommended tools to ensure the availability of timely and internationally comparable country data for the global SDG database.
The fact that WASH is the subject of dedicated targets across several Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 4 and 6) is a testament to its fundamental role in public health and creating a safe and healthy learning environment for children. Indeed, access to safe water and sanitation are human rights recognized in 2010 by the United Nations General Assembly.
“We are ready to continue our cooperation with the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Health and Medical Industry, the State Committee on Statistics of Turkmenistan, the Hakimliks, and other partners in ensuring high-quality reporting on WASH in schools” highlighted UNICEF Deputy Representative in Turkmenistan, Alexandru Nartea.
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