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Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)-in-Schools Initiative Update


At least twelve USAID Missions in Sub-Saharan Africa are implementing

programs to improve water, sanitation and hygiene in schools. The

Missions are in Ethiopia, Ghana, Liberia, Madagascar, Mali, Nigeria,

Rwanda, Senegal, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania and Zambia. A good example is

USAID/Nigeria, which plans to expand their partnership with the Women

Farmers' Advancement Network. This aims to provide sustainable access to

safe drinking water, sanitation facilities and hygiene services to

schools in Kano State.

There was also an important (and well-attended) formal session on

WASH-in-Schools at the World Water Forum in Istanbul. Clarissa

Brocklehurst from UNICEF lead the session on March 19 entitled "Taking

WASH to Scale." Several presenters documented how improving water and

sanitation in schools results in health improvements and how it helps

keep children, especially girls, in school. Resources from the session

are available by searching "WASH in Schools" at the World Water Forum



Government News


New Congressional Legislation: Strong support for drinking water and

sanitation continues on Capitol Hill, where legislation introduced in

the Senate would put the U.S. in the lead among governments in

responding to the Millennium Development Goals for water and sanitation.

Companion legislation is expected soon in the House. Titled "The Senator

Paul Simon Water for the World Act of 2009" (S624), the bipartisan bill

introduced by Senators Durbin, Corker and Murray on March 17 seeks to

reach 100 million people with safe water and sanitation by 2015 and to

strengthen the capacity of USAID and the State Department to carry out

the landmark Senator Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act of 2005.

USAID: Dozens of USAID missions, notably in Sub-Saharan Africa and

Southeast Asia, are gearing up to utilize increased appropriations to

implement the Senator Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act, after years of

lacking the tools to help extend safe, sustainable water, sanitation and

hygiene. USAID this past month announced a number of initiatives

including: new strategic partnerships to extend water and sanitation

access to the urban poor in Africa and the Middle East (with

International Water Association), new multilateral revolving funds (in

the Philippines), new collaborations (with Rotary International) and a

new USAID Water Site

Appropriations: Through the recently passed Omnibus legislation,

Congress appropriated $300 million for Fiscal Year 2009, for "water and

sanitation supply projects pursuant to the Senator Paul Simon Water for

the Poor Act of 2005." As with last year's appropriations, forty percent

of the funds are targeted for Sub-Saharan Africa. Priority will remain

on drinking water and sanitation in the countries of greatest need.

Report language suggests increased hiring of Mission staff with

expertise in water and sanitation. It also recommends that $20 million

of the appropriation be available to USAID's Global Development Alliance

to increase its partnerships for water and sanitation, particularly with


In Fiscal Year 2010, a broad spectrum of U.S. nonprofit organizations,

corporations and religious organizations are urging $500 million to

implement the Senator Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act, as part of an

overall increase of foreign development assistance, a level also called

for by InterAction and the "Transition to Green" Report. 


Spotlight on the World Water Forum


The World Water Forum took place from March 16-22 in Istanbul, Turkey.

Many organizations worked to highlight that water- and

sanitation-related diseases remain the biggest global public health

threat and to stress that something needs to be done now--less talk,

more action. Half the hospital beds in the developing world are occupied

by patients sick due to bad water, sanitation and hygiene practices.

PATH, the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council, the UN

Water Decade, the Water and Sanitation Program and Water Advocates

worked together with Geneva-based Media21 to organize a workshop at the

Forum for 40 journalists. They came from as far away as Albania and

Yemen, along with several journalists from the U.S. The journalists were

introduced to experts who talked about the vast array of technologies

and programs that are being implemented now to solve this global health

crisis. More media coverage of these solutions will generate more

support and expand action. Here are a few stories that have already


Water Mismanagement Plagues the World's Poor

Business Week, March 25

World Water Experts: Sanitation is a Life-Saver

Associated Press, March 20


Funding News


The Coca-Cola Company Commits $30 Million to Africa

On March 16 the Coca-Cola Company announced that it would commit $30

million over the next six years to provide access to safe drinking water

to communities throughout Africa. According to the World Health

Organization, more than 300 million Africans lack access to safe

drinking water. This causes serious health implications--at any one time

up to half the region's population suffers from diseases related to

unsafe drinking water and poor sanitation.


International H2O Collaboration

Rotary International and USAID have launched an alliance that will

initially address water and sanitation needs in the Dominican Republic,

Ghana and the Philippines. While specific funding levels are still being

determined, an estimated minimum of $2 million per country will be

sought for alliance projects.

Over $10,000 Raised on YouTube by charity:water

On March 22, to commemorate World Water Day, YouTube featured a video

from charity:water, which used a call-to-action overlay to encourage

YouTube users to donate money to build wells and provide clean, safe

drinking water for those who don't have it. The effort raised over

$10,000 in one day.

Ryan's Well Achieves 500th Project

Ryan's Well reported in their World Water Day newsletter that they have

reached their 500th water project.

IKEA Social Initiative Adds $48 Million to UNICEF's Child Health


This IKEA donation to UNICEF announced in February will include funding

for water and sanitation programs.

Pakistan Will Receive $300 Million Loan to Improve Water and


The Asian Development Bank (ADB) announced in February that it will

provide a loan of $300 million to improve water and sanitation services

in six cities in Pakistan.

Yemen to Start Large Water Program

Scheduled to start this year, Yemen's Ministry of Planning and

International Cooperation (MPIC) is working to mobilize resources for an

integrated program to tackle the country's water crisis. The World Bank

has provided $90 million for the program and other donors, including

Germany, Netherlands and the UK, are also contributing. The program will

be managed by the government and they are contributing $250 million.

ADB Commits More Funding for Sanitation

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has called for regional governments and

the private sector to do more to help the 1.8 billion people in Asia who

lack access to adequate sanitation. ADB's annual average lending

pipeline for sanitation increased from $300 million from the period

2003-2007 to $710 million for 2008-2010.

Mozambique to Receive Support for Water

USAID and Coca-Cola announced in February that they will together commit

over $1.5 million to improve safe drinking water systems in Mozambique.

Declaration on U.S. Policy and the Global Challenge of Water

On March 18, co-chairs E. Neville Isdell (Chairman of Coca-Cola) and

former Senate Majority Leader William H. Frist joined the CSIS Global

Strategy Institute for the release of the Declaration on U.S. Policy and

the Global Challenge of Water. The declaration emphasizes the centrality

of water to U.S. interests and calls for the United States to play a

stronger role in addressing water as one of the most important

"strategic" challenges of our time. Please consider adding your name to

the Declaration.

Senator Richard Durbin Keynote Address on Water

In the Senate Russell Caucus Room on March 17, Representative Earl

Blumenauer, Patti Simon (widow of the late Senator Paul Simon) and

Senator Richard Durbin--who provided the keynote address--forcefully

highlighted safe water and sanitation's central role in worldwide health

and development. The Center for Strategic and International Studies

(CSIS) Global Health Policy Center and Global Strategy Institute held a

follow-up discussion on water, health, development and the pending

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United States Participates in World Water Forum

In Istanbul, Turkey at the World Water Forum, the United States lead

ministerial discussions on financing and engaged in a number of

high-level events focused on increasing access to drinking water and


Indian Sanitation Innovator Awarded 2009 Stockholm Water Prize

Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak, founder of Sulabh Sanitation Movement in India,

has been named the 2009 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate.

Safe Water Network Launches Rainwater Harvesting Program

Safe Water Network and partners are working to deliver measurable

improvements to the ancient practice of rainwater harvesting. Launched

in India in March, the project will bring safe water to approximately

10,000 individuals throughout 40 villages.

Philadelphia Global Water Initiative (PGWI) Annual Meeting

PGWI will hold its third Conference on April 3-4 at the Philadelphia

College of Physicians. This Conference will focus on the connection

between water and sanitation and public health. Cassandra Partyka

[[email protected]] is accepting registrations and can answer any

questions that you have.

Attend the Rotary Water Summit

The Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group (WASRAG) is holding its

second Water Summit on June 19 at the National Motorcycle Museum in

Birmingham, England.

Sign a Petition to President Obama

Sign a petition to President Obama to make the resources available so

all children can have the most basic of life-sustaining elements: access

to safe water, sanitation and hygiene.

Sign a Petition to Increase Development Assistance

Increases to poverty-focused development assistance could save thousands

of lives and promote economic growth worldwide. For instance, investing

in safe drinking water and effective sanitation can reduce diarrheal

diseases that kill 5,000 children a day.

Help Global Water Challenge Recruit Members

Global Water Challenge is recruiting members to their Facebook cause.

Can you help them?

New UN World Water Development Report

The 3rd United Nations World Water Development Report: Water in a

Changing World (WWDR-3) was just released in March at the World Water

Forum in Istanbul. This is the tri-annual report from the World Water


Water Rights and Wrongs

A young people's summary of the United Nations Human Development Report

2006, Beyond Scarcity: Power, Poverty, and the Global Water Crisis, is

available for free download in English, French, Spanish, Arabic and


Climate, Oceans, and Human Health: The Saga of a Cholera-Chaser

This 2009 National Academies' Gilbert F. White lecture in the

geographical sciences was given by Dr. Rita Colwell of the University of

Maryland. The "case of cholera" begins on slide 28.

Hand Washing Reduces Mortality Risk in Newborns

A recent study in Nepal has demonstrated a significant reduction in

neonatal mortality due to maternal and birth attendant hand washing.

Water: The New Reality

A special publication on water from The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced

International Studies (SAIS), The Johns Hopkins University.

New Report by Peter Gleick and the Pacific Institute

The World's Water 2008-2009: The Biennial Report on Freshwater Resources

was launched in February. Among other topics it describes the global

water crisis as the failure to meet basic human needs for water which

leads to diseases like cholera and typhoid.

ent_summary&event_id=497575 The Water Website

The Knight Center for International Media at the University of Miami

School of Communication has a new journalist website devoted entirely to

water and sanitation. Joseph B. Treaster runs the website and attended

the World Water Forum in Istanbul. There are many reports about the

World Water Forum on the site.

International Committee of the Red Cross Water Video

Good video about how emergency response groups are getting into long

term water and sanitation programs.

GOOD: Drinking Water Video

This is a catchy educational video about the global water and sanitation


Strategic Partnerships in the Water Sector

USAID and the Global Development Alliance highlight some of the

partnerships in the water and sanitation sector.


How Much Would Clean Drinking Water Cost You?

Interactive website calculates how much money you would lose each year

if you didn't have access to water and sanitation.

The India Water Portal

The India Water Portal is an open, inclusive, web-based platform for

sharing water management knowledge amongst practitioners and the general

public. One section contains teaching aids on water for schools.

WSUP--A New Video on Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor

Working in poor urban areas, WSUP is an innovative organization that

brings together local and global expertise to provide sustainable water

and sanitation solutions for poor communities.

A Lion in Our Village--The Unconscionable Tragedy of Cholera In Africa

New England Journal of Medicine, March 12

Senator Launches Push for U.S. Foreign Aid for Clean Water

Chicago Tribune, March 18,0


"Let Clean Waters Flow"--A World on the Verge of Water Bankruptcy

Seattle Times, March 27



About Water Advocates


Water Advocates is the first US-based nonprofit organization dedicated

solely to increasing American support for worldwide access to safe,

affordable and sustainable supplies of drinking water and adequate

sanitation. Our purpose is advocacy, not implementation of projects. We

provide an additional voice for those around the world with no access to

adequate drinking water and sanitation.

Water Advocates does not seek funding for itself from the general

public. Instead it encourages Americans to sponsor water projects

directly, to donate to water nonprofits of their choice, and to

encourage government officials to augment foreign development aid for

efficient drinking water and sanitation programs.

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