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Top Ideas for Water and Sanitation

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In May of 2015, Bangladesh Priorities held a roundtable of sector experts to discuss the best water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) solutions for Bangladesh. Combined with in-depth interviews and review of the 26 background studies of the 7th Five Year Plan (7FYP) and the Plan itself, the most notable ideas focused on: industrial waste control in water supply, more sanitation facilities in urban and rural areas, public toilets that meet women’s needs, achieving 100% sanitation facilitation by the end of 7FYP, provision of education campaigns to inform and change behaviors of sanitation practices. Ideas ranged from simply creating a fund to enable schools to buy soaps to incorporating WASH modules in the education curriculum and nutrition programs. 

Proposed Ideas 

The prominent ideas arising from the roundtable are highlighted in the following presentation.

Roundtable Attendees 

Prominent discussants in the roundtable were Qamrul Islam from VERC, Dr. Md. Mahbubur Rahma, ICCDRB, Ratnajit Saha,Tahera, RED BRAC, Nepal Chandra Dey, RED BRAC, Md. Shafiqul Alam, UNICE, Milon Kanti Barua,  WASH BRAC, Rizwan Ahmed, Forum for Public Health, Mohamad Zobair Hasan, DORP, Laboni Shabnam, DAM, Dr. Md. Abdur Rashid, BRRI, Avijit Poddar, HDRC. 

In a hurry?

Click here to download a PDF list of all the proposed water and sanitation ideas.