Voices from the field: WASH SDG has a podcast now

Article: 30.11.21, Amsterdam

WASH SDG has a podcast now! In WASH SDG voices from the field, we'll get in touch with water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) experts working in several countries in Africa and Asia.

In the WASH SDG podcast

We'll talk about different themes related to WASH, and may include topics as varied as water governance, leaving open defecation behind or menstrual health and hygiene.

WASH SDG Programme

The WASH SDG Programme aims to improve access to safe drinking water for at least 4.5 million people and clean toilets for 2 million people before the end of 2022.

Menstrual Health in Times of Covid-19

In the first episode, Menstrual Health in Times of COVID-19, the podcast discusses how Covid-19 impacted the way women in Africa and Asia manage their period. Normally, schools are the main source of reliable information and a safe place. 

Due to Covid-19, schools were closed, houses were packed and privacy was scarce, to not even mention the stress that comes with a pandemic. Together with two experts in the field, Andrew Samuel Kiiza (Plan International Uganda) and Pema Lhaki (NFCC, Nepal), we discussed the situation, the work that the government does and the next steps to be taken.

Shining a light on global water issues

The second episode of the WASH SDG podcast was released the week before World Water Week. Leading up to this week, the WASH SDG Programme interviewed Evelyne Busingye and Tamene Chaka about their work in Uganda and Ethiopia.

They discuss that water sources are limited and shared with many sectors, and upstream activities affect the water source downstream. These are some of the many reasons why integrated water resources management and WASH (Water, sanitation and hygiene) are inseparable, and more importantly, why they have to collaborate. But how?

You can listen to the interviews in the podcast via Spotify, YouTube or Anchor.

The moment to value toilets

The third episode was released around World Toilet Day, the moment to value toilets. Because 3.6 billion people still live without a safely managed toilet. In developing countries, they often rely on on-site sanitation that starts with containment that catches human waste and requires emptying.

In this episode we discuss, together with two experts, Rajeev Munankami and Maria Carreiro, the urgent need to broaden our perspectives about toilets and make the term ‘safe sanitation’ actionable, especially considering today’s rapidly changing climate.

Listen to the podcast via SpotifyYoutube or Anchor.

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