Posted by: africanpressorganization | 12 August 2008

Addis Ababa / Site Visit in relation to the International Year of Sanitation (IYS)



Addis Ababa / Site Visit in relation to the International Year of Sanitation (IYS)


ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, August 12, 2008/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Site Visit in relation to the International Year of Sanitation

Who – The Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Section and Communication Cluster of UNICEF have organized a site visit to one of the Kebeles of the Addis Ketema sub-city in Addis Ababa in light of the International Year of Sanitation (IYS) being observed worldwide throughout the year 2008.


What – The year 2008 has been declared “International Year of Sanitation (IYS)” by the UN General Assembly. The declaration was borne out of recognition of the significance and cross-cutting nature of the sanitation agenda in meeting all Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Accordingly, the site visit is organized as part of UNICEF’s communication and media outreach activities with the aim of eliciting wide media coverage on the sanitation situation in the capital as well as raising the awareness of communities on related issues.


When – Monday, 18 August 2008 at 8:45 am


Where – After a short briefing session and introduction at UNICEF, a

mini-bus will

depart for the site visit, 13/15 Kebele of the Addis Ketema sub-city.


Why – At present, 35 million Ethiopians are deprived the dignity of adequate sanitation facilities to safely contain and dispose of human faeces. One of the many serious concerns in this regard is the threat presented by lack of sanitation and water supply as well as poor hygiene behaviors to the survival and development of Ethiopian children. According to the Ministry of Health, 17 per cent of childhood deaths in the country result from diarrhea. Furthermore, 60 per cent of the national disease burden is attributed to water-born and sanitation related diseases.


Sanitation is also known to have a significant bearing on the enrollment and retention of children in schools with girls suffering most due to their special needs and heavy social responsibilities. UNICEF believes that full sanitation coverage is achievable and continues to work alongside the Ethiopian government towards realizing the Universal Access Plan (UAP) for 100 per cent sanitation coverage nationally by year 2012. Accordingly, UNICEF is keen on collaborating with the media in raising the media profile of the sanitation challenge and believes that the latter plays a critical role in sensitizing communities as well as refocusing the efforts of all stakeholders to deal with it.



SOURCE : United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)


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