Thursday, 8 November 2012

Keep Your Promises in Pakistan

Syed Shah Nasir Khisro, National Convenor of FANSA-Pakistan tells us about their plans for launching Keep Your Promises around World Toilet Day

Our planned activities will start with a poster and leaflet distribution day this Saturday through which we will make sure that as many people as possible know about the Keep Your Promises campaign. We will encourage local communities to raise their voices for improved sanitation services and call on the government to keep to their commitments.

Following this, campaigners will hold a series of meetings with government officials to call on them to approve the provincial sanitation policy and work towards implementation. At the same time, we will hold seminars in both rural and urban communities to explain the importance of World Toilet Day and encourage local people to make their voices heard and advocate for improved latrine coverage.

On World Toilet Day itself, we are excited about our plans to establish a demo latrine at a place where people defecate in the open. We will talk with school students and community members who normally defecate in the open and discuss the health risks of this practice, which helps the spread of diseases such as diarrheoa, cholera and bilharzia, and the benefits of using latrines instead. We will call on our government to work to end the practice of open defecation and to keep its promises for improved latrine coverage.

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