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Other Interventions
Human Values-based Water Sanitation and Hygiene Education (HVWSHE)

  • HVWSHE in Southeast Asian countries with the Ministries of Education.
  • WATSAN assessment protocol and workshops for educationists in Manila, the Philippines and Penang, Malaysia.
  • Resource package by UN-HABITAT and Norwegian Church Aid for Human Values-based Approach to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Education in the schools of Vientiane

to be implemented by Cooperation for a Sustainable Cambodian Society.

  • The Water Institute built in cooperation with the Society for Preservation of Water in Lopburi Thailand serves as a regional resource centre for HVWSHE to train educators and policy makers.
  • HVWSHE projects are in progress in South Asia, both India and Nepal, in partnership with local governments and NGOs. In East Asia, Cooperation Agreement on HVWSHE was signed with Kunming Environmental Protection Bureau in China. Two HVWSHE Classrooms have been established in Jinghong and Simao cities in China.
  • UN-HABITAT jointly with ADB is exploring the possibilities of cooperation with MWSS of the Government of Philippines for a project on Water and Sanitation in 1000 schools in Manila to introduce values component in school education in partnership with Manila Water and SEAMEO Innotech. Similar possibilities are explored to expand into Central Asian countries.
Normative Initiatives

  • Intensifying activities on policy formulation, advocacy, awareness creation and training.
  • Dissemination to facilitate the use and formal adoption of the normative products by stakeholders in the Water and Sanitation sector.
  • Publication on ‘Sanitation and Energy’ with its main focus on covering comprehensively various technologies for deriving different forms of Energy from Wastes, including human, animal and municipal wastes, and achieving safe Sanitation coverage for the poor and sustainable Waste Disposal.
  • Manual on the Right to Water and Sanitation.
  • Manual on Constructed Wetlands for Wastewater Treatment.
  • Manual on household water treatment systems for promotion and proper use of low-cost household level water treatment technologies.
  • Preparation of Guidebook on Energy Audit for water utilities to strengthen Water Demand Management (WDM) efforts.
  • Training guidelines for utility managers on WDM, Water Quality Monitoring, public awareness raising and business plan development for small towns.
  • Development of pro-poor governance frameworks and toolkits for WATSAN projects in Asia.

  • Initiated in 2007 to prevent the spread of HIV and facilitating care to vulnerable and high risk groups in selected urban, peri-urban areas of Madhya Pradesh State in India which involved strengthening the capacities of women self help groups to engage in raising awareness and information dissemination regarding HIV/AIDS.
  • The Municipal Corporations, providing water and sanitation services to these sections of society, are sensitized for better services to those affected by HIV/AIDS to provide relief.
  • The work in India and other participating countries will continue on awareness creation and mitigating the hardships of those vulnerable groups.
Other Initiatives

  • Policy level workshops/meetings on pro-poor WATSAN governance with the objective of enabling governments at appropriate levels to develop policies and programmes of action at national and local levels for implementation;
  • Finalization of communication strategy and a regional public awareness strategy.
  • Promotion and awareness of friendly water and sanitation options for physically challenged persons.
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