SDG-Synergies: Countries Link WASH and Nutrition to Reduce Malnutrition
- This event builds on the 2016 Seminar “Upscaling the WASH-Nutrition Nexus for Sustainable (Body) Growth”, the Bonn WASH-Nutrition Forum 2015, and the collaboration between members of the SWA Partnership and Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement.
- WASH and Nutrition are inextricably linked, not only by evidence that nutrition status, a contributor to individual and societal development, is partly determined by WASH-related factors. But also because of the opportunities there are to coordinate WASH and nutrition interventions to enhance nutritional impact.
- Operationalizing these linkages requires aligning policies, budgets and programs, and political recognition. Some countries have made significant strides in policies, that have yet to be budgeted and implemented, others have gone as far translating them into budgets and implementation, whilst others have focused on experimentation and implementation, waiting until later to capture their learnings in future policies.
- During the session, Senior Public Officials from these countries will share their successes, and learnings, in advancing these WASH-Nutrition linkages. The event is designed for Government officials, civil society representatives, donors, and academics, from the WASH or Nutrition spheres, who will be given ample time to pose questions.
14:00 Opening, Thilo Panzerbieter, Chair of German WASH Network
14:05 Introduction to the issue and defining the scope of the discussion, Dr. Mushtaque Chowdhury, BRAC, member of the SUN Movement Lead Group and the Sanitation and Water for All Leaders Group (tbc)
14:10 Presentation, Government representative from Nepal, Dr. Prof. Geeta Bhakta Joshi, SUN Government Focal Point, Honourable member of the National Planning Commission of Nepal and Coordinator of the National Nutrition and Food Security Coordination Committee.
14:20 Presentation, Government representative from Madagascar, Mr Ambinintsoa Andriamboahangy Raveloharison, Coordinator of the National Nutrition Office and SUN Government Focal Point.
14:30 Presentation, Government representative from Chad , Mr. Ramadane Kaboul Adoum, WASH engineer and Member of the Technical Committee.
14:42 Panel discussion, moderation by Catarina de Albuquerque, Executive Chair of Sanitation and Water for All
15:24 Reflections and the India experience, Mr. Arun Baroka, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Director of the Swachh Bharat Mission (Keep India Clean Mission)
15:30 Close of Session