WatSan Cell organized special session for women in connection to Menstrual Hygiene Management day with aim to increase awareness and understanding of the importance Menstrual Hygiene

In pursuance to the directions of Secretary Local Council Board, WatSan Cell, LG & RDD in collaboration with UNICEF, IRC, Plan Pakistan and other WASH sector Partners organized especial session for women on Menstrual hygiene on 23rd May 2017 in PUTA Hall, University of Peshawar participated by Students, Community female members, local Government elected representatives, government and non government officials . Dr. Nasreen Akbar, Director, Health Department, graced the occasion as Chief Guest.
Theme for this year is “Education about menstruation changes everything”. The activities on this occasion aimed at increasing awareness and understanding of the importance of menstrual hygiene as an effective and affordable way to prevent disease.

Dr. Nasreen Akbar expressed in her speech to the participants that menstruation is the sign of girls’ puberty but affects girls’ socialization with family and community and put a significant impact on their education. In this regard the role of a school teacher and leady health worker is vital. Cleanliness is the part of our faith and the need of time. We can play a very important role in lessening the burden on hospitals by giving appropriate attention to cleanliness. She appreciated the efforts of working group for Menstrual Hygiene Management at provincial as well as federal level and recommended that the series of the awareness session needs to be extended to district level to educate more adolescent girls. She thanked the management of the event and on behalf of Health Department ensure her full support and coordination for the strengthening of Menstrual Hygiene Management Working Group at Provincial level.
Dr. Wasaf Syed& Miss Gloria from Unicef, Ms. Hina Kausar from Wateraid, Ms. Afshan Bhatti from Real Medicine Foundation and Ms. ShaziaSardar from IRSP Mardan informed the participants that Like the Safe drinking water and improved sanitation menstrual hygiene is also one of the basic need of women for a dignified life. They highlighted in their presentations that one-third of children leave school before completing primary education due to lack suitable arrangements at schools. They further added that 79% girls in Pakistan did not use hygienic materials to manage menstruation. The recommendations of the participant of the event were to conduct more research on menstrual hygiene in KP and specific budget needs to be allocated for it.

WatSan Cell convened Pre Budget Consultative Meeting on WASH under the Chairmanship of Senior Minister LG & RDD

WatSan Cell,  Local Government and Rural Development Department, Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa  intends to organize half day “Pre Budget Consultative Meeting” on May 11, 2017 in Local Governance School, Local Government Complex, Hayatabad Peshawar, under the chairmanship of Honorable Senior Minister Local Government KP. 

The specific objective of the consultative meeting is to solicit the views and suggestions of the most relevant and important sector partners for increased and dedicated budgetary allocation for sanitation programmes in public sector especially addressing the issues of open defecation and quality aspects of drinking water programs in the coming Annual Development Program (ADP) at the provincial and local government levels.

Meeting of Technical Working Committee was held under the chairmanship of Chief Engineer Local Council Board Khyber Paktunkhwa

The meeting of Technical Working Committee for Sanitation up Scaling in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was held under the Chairmanship of Chief Engineer, LCB in committee room on 24th March 2017 at 10:30 A.M. Assistant Coordinator WatSan Cell briefed the participants regarding  database developed by IRC Pakistan and informed that all the proposed changes by Technical Working Committee incorporated in database.

The Nepalese Ministry of Water Supply and Sanitation (MoWSS), in collaboration with WSSCC has hosted a high-level Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) Policy Consultation workshop to initiate the development of a policy framework on MHM in Nepal.

The Nepalese Ministry of Water Supply and Sanitation (MoWSS), in collaboration with WSSCC has hosted a high-level Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) Policy Consultation workshop to initiate the development of a policy framework on MHM in Nepal.

The well-supported event served as a platform for open discussion to improve the situation of menstrual hygiene management in Nepal.  Honourable Minister, Water Supply and Sanitation, HE Mr Prem Bahadur Singh and Honourable State Minister, Water Supply and Sanitation, HE Mr Deepak Khadka attended, alongside dignitaries from related ministries, representatives from civil society organizations, UN bodies, the private sector and media. Importantly, the event included able and disabled women and girls, who traveled from many parts of Nepal to share their real-life experiences and add their voices to the debate.

In his opening statement HE Mr Deepak Khadka expressed his commitment, stating that menstruation is a ’human and not a women’s issue’. “It is a manifestation of deeply embedded structural gender inequalities and therefore requires challenging the existing gender relations in our society,” he said.

Nepal has shown remarkable resilience and sustainability in its approach to safe and appropriate sanitation and hygiene, particularly in its prioritization of rebuilding sanitation facilities following the 2015 earthquake.

Yet, despite steady advances by the government between 2000 and 2015 with a 42 percentage point increase in use of sanitation, Nepal continues to face the challenge of deep-set cultural stigma towards menstruation.  This manifests in the harmful practice of Chhapaudi, which prohibits girls and women from participating in normal family activities during a menstruation period, as they are considered ‘impure’. Chhaupadi was outlawed by the Supreme Court of Nepal in 2005, but the tradition has been slow to change.

During menstruation, under Chhaupadi women are kept out of the house and have to live in a cattle shed or a makeshift hut. This happens for ten to eleven days when an adolescent girl has her first period; afterwards, the duration is between four and seven days each month. In December 2016, this practice resulted in the death of a 15- year- old girl in western Nepal’s Achham district, who was overcome by smoke after lighting a fire to keep herself warm in a small cow shed.

At the workshop, the Minister reconfirmed the government’s stance on this practice: “We intend to eradicate any Chhaupadi related tragic incidents in future through policy level intervention and implementation,” he said.

The workshop focused on developing transformative action to break the silence around menstruation, to provide appropriate sanitation and hygiene facilities for men and women at all stages of their lives, both abled and disabled and, importantly, to address the management of menstrual waste, allowing for safety and dignity. The workshop allowed for lively interaction, opening space for learning, sharing and collaboration.

Honourable Minister, HE Mr Prem Bahadur Singh, expressed the commitment of the government of Nepal (full speech available here):

“I assure you that a policy framework for MHM will be formulated based on the outcome and suggestions of this workshop and we intend to bring it into action as soon as possible,” he said.

“We will further work with the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Local Development and Federal Affairs, Ministry of Women and Children and WASH development partners to harmonize the menstrual hygiene policy and monitoring of implementation of the menstrual hygiene programme and projects,” he continued.

Outlining the practical actions to address this commitment, MOWSS Joint Secretary, Mr Rajan Pandey said that going forwards, there will be no Open Defecation Free status without MHM in Nepal.

In her keynote speech, Archana Patkar, WSSCC’s Programme Manager for Policy and Advocacy applauded the government for its continued support for sanitation and hygiene as the foundation for the wellbeing of Nepali citizens, and particularly its budgeting of initiatives for diversity and inclusion and WASH in special situations, leaving no one behind.

“I am convinced that Nepal will transform the lives of its 14 million plus women and girls through transformative policies and matching actions on the ground—providing leadership and inspiration for South Asia – and indeed the entire planet,“ she said.

WSSCC extends its thanks to its National Coordinator Guna Raj Shreshta who spearheaded the initiative, and the Community Development Forum (CODEF) team who facilitated the workshop.  Mr Shreshta has championed the cause of MHM in Nepal.  His closing speech is available here.

WSSCC also thanks Master of Ceremonies Evana Manandhar, Miss Nepal World 2015, who is an ambassador for WSSCC on menstrual hygiene and other equality and non-discrimination issues.

Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between LG & RDD Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and UET Peshawar and Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan signed. Senior Minister Mr. Innayat Ullah Khan graced the occasion as Chief Guest


Feb 15th, 2017

In order to promote public awareness and research in water, sanitation and hygiene sector,  an MOU was signed between the LG & RDD Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and UET Peshawar and Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan here in a function organized in the LG Secretariat Peshawar. On behalf of UET Peshawar, Dr. Rashid Rehan,  Director National Institute Urban Infra Structure Planning and on behalf of Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan , Mr. Sher Alam Registrar signed the MOU.

Senior Minister Mr. Innayat Ullah Khan graced the occasion as Chief Guest.  Addressing the audience of the event the Chief Guest appreciated the efforts of WatSan Cell in local government department for close coordination with the prestigious educational institutions to conclude and materialize the MOU. He also emphasized the need for more research to find out feasible and affordable solutions to the water and sanitation sector in Pakistan in general and in KP in particular. He assured his full cooperation and support to see the MOU deliver and contribute to the cause of the WASH sector. He also shared the government of KP vision and mission to see the cities and rural areas clean and green.

In his welcome remarks, the Secretary Local Council Board , Khizar Hayat Khan apprised the audience of the event about the aims and objectives of the MOU that it will be effective for three years and which will be extended on mutual consent of the parties. Under this MOU the parties will jointly conduct Research, seminars , training , projects and other activities related to water,  sanitation and hygiene sector. He further added that under the MOU the coordination between Academia and Local Government will be made more strengthened and the talent and expertise of the students as well as faculty will be utilized for the working in the WASH sector.

Mou Signing with UET

The Secretary LG & RDD highlighted the policies of the Local Government department in WASH sector and huge funds allocated to the elected local councils for working on the water and sanitation. Our department is also working on creating public awareness amongst the rural and urban communities on hygiene promotion. He acknowledged that Universities are the hub of research and knowledge and they need to be associated to tape their wisdom and resources to benefit the sector.

The Vice Chancellor of UET Peshawar and Registrar of Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan also addressed the ceremony and highlighted the potential role of the universities to work for the cause of the sector and to play a role for the welfare of the people and institutions of this province. They assured their cooperation and expressed their willingness and enthusiasm to tackle the challenges in WASH sector which needs proper attention.

Unicef WASH Specialist Mr. Sajjad Akbar also spoke on the occasion and informed that this is a great opportunity both for the government and the academia to join hands and explore ventures for joint cooperation in the sector. He also emphasized the need for approval of the pending sanitation policy which will determine more clear direction for the sanitation sector in the province.

The event was also attended by senior officers of local government department, public health engineering department, CEO of WSSP, representatives of national and international NGO’s and  print and electronic media.Mou signing with AWKUM


In order to educate the elected local councilors on sanitation issues generally in Pakistan and particularly in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, WatSan Cell organised a two days orientation workshop in collaboration with Unicef and Plan Int; Pakistan for the Training of Trainers (TOT) of Local Government Department  in  Swat on 28th & 29th April 2016. The 2 days training  apprised the participants on Pakistan approach to Total Sanitation, Recently approved Guidelines for Declaration, Verification and certification of ODF Villages/Neigbourhood in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The trainees will further impart it to the elected local councilors in their respective districts