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IWC to host workshop at UNC and WEDC Conferences

New international goals and targets require new ways of working for WASH to reach more people, more rapidly and with greater long-term sustainability. In the "WASH in 2014: Focus on the Asia-Pacific" workshops at the UNC Water and Health Conference and the 37th International WEDC Conference, IWC will present case studies from the Pacific and Southeast Asia and provide a participatory forum to explore questions that deserve continued debate.

As the world moves towards the post-Millenium Development Goal era after 2015, the global community will make fresh commitments to achieve equitable and sustainable development. Australia’s ‘back yard’, the Asia-Pacific region, presents particular challenges in WASH service provision.

At WASH2014 early this year, Australian and international WASH academics, practitioners and policy-makers gathered to progress the dialogue on new goals and targets as it applies to three themes: equitable access and universal services; achieving health outcomes with WASH; and sustaining WASH services and outcomes. 

1. Equitable access, universal services

Equitable access, universal services requires challenging business-as-usual is needed to genuinely reach the poorest and the most excluded.

  • How can we include measures of equity as a standardised metric for measuring WASH access?
  • How can issues specifically affecting women and girls (such as menstrual hygiene management) become mainstreamed for WASH practitioners?

2. Achieving health outcomes with WASH

The latest research links WASH to the reduction of a range of adverse health outcomes, examining the interactions between WASH and nutrition, WASH and maternal health and WASH and neglected tropical diseases, as well as reviewing the latest evidence about the impacts of WASH on diarrhoeal disease.

  • How can integration across the WASH and health sectors improve service delivery, and measurement of impact?

3. Sustaining services and outcomes

An enormous challenge for the sector is maintaining what has already been gained.

  • How can the sector move from a infrastructure implementation mentality to a service delivery mentality?

 

More information

Presented by IWC, with support from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), this session would be of interest to those working in WASH policy and practice across the Asia-Pacific. NGOs, academics, donors and government representatives who attend will hear the latest research and challenges and participate in a facilitated discussion, sharing experiences and views. 

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