World Health Day marks sustainable sanitation book launch
As the issue of sustainable sanitation reaches critical levels globally, Australia is actively working to reduce the crisis through joint initiatives between WaterAid Australia and International WaterCentre.
Coinciding with World Health Day on April 7, Australian Parliamentary Secretary for International Development Assistance Bob McMullan, MP will launch Sharing Experiences: Sustainable Sanitation in Southeast Asia and the Pacific, a joint publication of the two organisations. The publication highlights practical measures to address the rising sanitation challenges in our region.
With 2008 being designated International Year of Sanitation by the United Nations, the timely book contributes to building the expertise required to meet the UN-driven Millennium Development Goal of reducing the number of people without access to sanitation by half by 2015.
International WaterCentre CEO Mark Pascoe said the book highlights the contribution Australians are making to assist in minimising the sanitation crisis worldwide.
“The issues uncovered in the case studies in this book are ones which need to be addressed on an international scale,” Mr Pascoe said.
“With nearly all of Australia’s population enjoying the health and environmental benefits of effective sanitation, we have an obligation to contribute to help achieve those same levels in areas of need in developing countries,” Mr Pascoe said.
WaterAID CEO Adam Laidlaw said the publication reveals the lessons learned, practical issues and the impact that the projects leave on the communities in the region.
“Practitioners will find this a useful publication for exchanging knowledge and building an informed community of practice” Mr Laidlaw said.
“We believe Sharing Experiences is necessary as it provides a crucial set of accounts of best practice sanitation solutions and illustrates how community participation is essential for sustainable sanitation,” Mr Laidlaw said.
International WaterCentre (www.watercentre.org) is a joint venture partnership of The University of Queensland, Monash University, Griffith University and The University of Western Australia which aims to build capacity in water management through education, training and research.
WaterAID Australia () is an international charity which aims to overcome poverty by enabling the world's poorest people to gain access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene education.
The Australian Agency for International Development supported the production of the publication through the Australian Water Research Facility.
The publication will be available for download on www.watercentre.org on April 7, 2008.
For more information:
International WaterCentre07 3221 1772 www.watercentre.org