Sukkur: IRSP organizes training session with support of SWA on Sanitation and Water issues

SUKKUR: 29, SEPTEMBER, 2021: Integrated Regional Support Program Pakistan (IRSP) with the support of Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) had held training session with CBOs, lawyers, journalists and representatives of the Civil Society on the Sanitation and Water issues in a guest of Sukkur. 

Executive Director IRSP Syed Shah Nasir briefed to CBOs that in 2010 Pakistan had attended a meeting of (SWA) in Washington DC, adding that, Water and Finance Ministers of the 18 countries had in a meeting pledged to provide Sanitation and Water right to their people and in this regard they will devise strategies and plan. 

He said that Sanitation and Water is not only a Fundamental right of the citizens but its also a constitutional right. He said that UNICEF in its report revealed that 53 thousands children below the age of five years in Pakistan, dying in Diarrhea and waterborne diseases.

He said that 39 thousands of schools deprived of Latrine, while 57 percent population of the Sindh deprived of Hygienic drinking water.

He further said that seventy-nine million people in Pakistan do not have access to a proper toilet. He said that Rural areas where the majority of poor households reside are the worst affected.

Contamination levels are much higher in poorer and more rural districts and there is virtually no treatment of water at the household level. (04) 

He said that Fecal waste is also finding its way into surface soil and into the water used for crop irrigation.

Access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services varies across and between Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Punjab Provinces, he added.

He said that open defecation is higher in rural areas than urban areas in Pakistan.

In a Training the Community Based Organisations (CBOs) Specially Woman Participants proposed a Water and Sanitation groups comprising on Journalists, Lawyers and the Civil Society in their respective district to sensitize the Water and Sanitation issue and to put pressure on the Local government to address these issues on priority base to prevent the Population from the Water borne diseases of Hepatitis and other. (04)

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