Sanitation situation in Sindh province reviewed

KARACHI: The Local Government Department of Government of Sindh arranged a review of Saaf Sutuhro Sindh program on January 20th, 2015 in Karachi.

Key stakeholders from the three pilot districts of Tando Mohammad Khan, Umer Kot, and Thatta were invited including the representatives of district administration, department of health, local government, Provincial Lady Health Program, Water & Sanitation Porgram of World Bank and partners NGOs.

The meeting chaired by the D.G local government reviewed the three districts progress towards achieving the status of Open Defecation Free status.

It is pertinent to note here that Sindh is not on track to achieve its MDG target on sanitation and large proportions of its population still defecates in the open which is a major cause of water and sanitation related diseases besides leading to malnutrition and many cases of sexual harassment and abuse of women and children in rural areas.

Under Saaf Suthro Sindh program the government has embarked upon eradication of open defecation from the Province by 2020. In first phase with the collaboration of the Department of Health’s Nutrition Sector project, 13 districts will be targeted while the program will expand to the remaining districts subsequently.

Water & Sanitation Program is providing Technical Assistance to government of Sindh in collaboration with departments of Local Government and Health, says a handout.

Faheem Junejo, the DG local government expressed his appreciation for the pioneering work of Shifa International, Merlin and ACF in promoting sanitation behavior change in the three districts while also addressing the issue of malnutrition in the Province.

The DG LG directed the members of the District ODF Committees, which have been formed in the pilot districts under an official notification to arrange progress review meetings in their respective districts to ensure robust progress to achieve the planned District ODF targets in timely fashion.

He also advised the Local Government Agencies (M.Cs and T.Cs) to make available Rs. 2.0 million in their respective budgets for the promotion of sanitation behavior change activities in their respective districts. The DG also assured the Districts of full provincial support in helping them achieve their ambitious targets.

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