Thursday, 14 January 2010

Why WLTQ is Important: WSSCC visit explores the widespread need for sanitation in China

From the WSSCC Advocacy Team

It's a new year, the beginning of 2010. This is often a time for resolutions, and for most people, it means resolving to live healthier lifestyles, or even becoming more organized. The Chinese Central Government, however, has combined these for a most impressive resolution in 2010: To increase sanitation coverage within the country to 65% through the help of new government programs.

With 460 million rural Chinese people who are without improved sanitation, China has risen to the challenge, created comprehensive programs, and established regional targets. On a recent visit to China, a WSSCC delegation was able to see first-hand the efforts that are being made to meet the demands of those who suffer from lack of basic sanitation, including building proper facilities for entire villages, coupled with hygiene and sanitation education throughout the country.

China's programs show the positive impacts of global awareness from the same messages that the WLTQ has been sharing all along-- Advocating for sanitation and water for all is not just a good idea, it's essential for progress! Stories like this show that the WLTQ objectives are vital, and we need help spreading the word. Get involved and make "Sanitation and Water for All" your New Year's Resolution!

To read the detailed article regarding the WSSCC visit, go to http://www.irc.nl/page/50770

PS- In other related WSSCC news, the WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) Media Awards are now accepting applications. Any journalist who is writing about these crucial topics is eligible to apply. Visit http://www.wsscc.org/ for more information.

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