Annual Review Meeting Between DWSS and UNICEF
A one day annual review meeting was organized on 16th August 2016 in Kathmandu to share and discuss on current and future collaboration with Department of Water Supply and Sewerage (DWSS), progress, lessons and challenges/issues. The meeting has decided to strategize sanitation promotion in Terai districts and improve monitoring of the progress of joint collaboration. Director General of DWSS, Mr Ram Chandra Devkota highlighted the importance of understanding SDG and associated challenges and opportunities for the sector in coming days. Dr Tameez Ahmed, Chief of WASH section gave thanks to the participants who were the responsible DWSS officials from UNICEF supported districts, senior officials from various sections of DWSS and UNICEF WASH staff.
Climate Change Impact Assessment Study
Climate Change Impact Assessment on WASH services is a joint study of the WASH sector being led by Department of Water Supply and Sewerage where UNICEF, WHO and OXFAM are financially and technically supporting the study. The objective of this study is to assess the impacts of climate variability on water sources, water supply system, sanitation and hygiene services in Nepal in order to recommend appropriate climate resilient policies, plans and programmes. The study represents different ecological and development regions of Nepal namely Mustang and Dolakha (Mountain region); Accham, Bhaktapur, Dadeldhura and Jajarkot (Hill region) and Saptari, Dhanusha and Nawalparasi (Terai region) also considering districts ranked an overall climate change vulnerability index based on National Adaptation Programme of Action (NAPA).
ODF Sustainability Study
With the overall aim of measuring the sanitation and hygiene results of Open Defecation Free (ODF) districts, a national ODF sustainability study is ongoing in Nepal in seven districts of Nepal with the financial support from UNICEF. Five districts namely Panchthar, Chitwan, Mustang, Pyuthan and Achham from five development regions were selected for the study which were declared ODF on or before 2013. Two other districts namely Bhaktapur and Rautahat were taken to capture the ODF status from earthquake affected and Terai district though the latter was not declared ODF but to capture the sustenance of ODF in the Terai region. The consultant has collected data from 7 districts that constitutes 70 clusters, 2,105 households, 70 schools, Health facilities, VDCs and 20 public toilets for the study. The field work and data entry has been completed by the consultant team and the preliminary finding is expected to be shared by the first week of September 2016. The final report will be finalized by 30 September 2017.