The lack of access to clean water and hygiene leads to a multitude of deaths, which are entirely preventable if a national sanitation, hygiene and clean water plan is strictly implemented.
The strategising of such a national plan for the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) in Pakistan was the subject of discussion at the National Consultation Workshop, which was held in Islamabad on Thursday.
Experts on water supply and sanitation, both from the public and private sectors, shared their experiences and expertise.
They discussed the formulation and prioritisation of strategies, with the collaboration of government departments and other partner organisations.
“In light of the threat that these issues pose, the world has lofty ambitions to ensure water and sanitation for every individual by 2030. At the moment, 2.4 billion people in the world lack safe sanitation, and 900 million people do not have access to safe drinking water,” said David Trouba, an WSSCC official who participated in the meeting.
He said that he was impressed by the level of enthusiasm and political will on the part of
the government of the provinces on sanitation and hygiene.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 29th, 2016.
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