Global Sanitation Fund expands campaign in 8 terai districts

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Global Sanitation Fund Programme (GSF) in Nepal started its campaign in 2010 with the commitment to support the government for the operationalization of the Sanitation and Hygiene Master plan 2011. The on-going successful campaign in six districts (Bajura, Bardiya, Arghakhanchi, Sindhupalchowk,Sunsari and Bhaktapur ) and six municipalities (Madhyapur Thimi, Gulariya,Tikapur,Bhaktapur, Ithari and Inaruwa in five developmental regions, has led towards expansion of the programme in 8 Terai districts (Parsa, Bara, Rautahat, Sarlahi,Mahottari, Dhanusha,Siraha and Saptari) and 1 mountain district Dolakha covering the timeframe up to 2017. This expansion aims to support the Government to archive the national sanitation target of 100% by 2017 by initiating its campaign in the 8 Terai districts where the sanitation coverage is minimum. The campaign will follow the approach as prescribed by the National Sanitation and Hygiene Master Plan. Therefore, the campaign will be led by District Water Sanitation and Hygiene Coordination Committee (D-WASHCCs),Village Development Committee (VDC) Level Water Sanitation and Hygiene Coordination Committee (V-WASH-CCs) and Municiapl Level Water Sanitation and Hygiene Coordination Committee (M-WASH-CC) with continuous and regular monitoring and follow up by Regional Water and Sanitation Coordination Committee (R-WASH-CCs ) and National Sanitation and Hygiene Coordination Commitee (NSHCC).UN-Habitat through its sub-grantees will provide support, to the respective D-WASH-CC and V/M-WASH-CC based on an agreed programme of action for implementing the Master Plan.The programme has already started its campaign from April 2014 with 12 partners covering a budget of USD 1.9 million in the first phase. The major achievement during this short span of time is successfully conducting the Bara Sanitation Conference and ODF declaration of ward 1,4 and 5 of Basatpur VDC of Rautahat district.