It is important to be careful and sure about what your role should and will be on such conferences. Many of colleagues show up for these conference and participate passively or are not given the platform to have their voices and experiences heard 🙂 Iam not kidding because we have bloody seen this, haven’t we? 😉
Apparently, this one is a hot one and worth your dollars 😀 Its not that am affiliated to the organisers-well Iam kinda 😉 considering that the ‘Africa Water & Youth Movement’ has some seat on the African Ministerial Conference on Water (AMCOW). But it will be great to meet up and talk about this important issue. Did I say that the WHO (World Health Organisation) has released a new list of top 10 causes of death in developing countries? ofcourse it has also put the top 10 for developed countries but for now, my focus is Africa-where I was born! where my family lives! where my friends and community originate. It can’t surprise any one to note that almost all the top 10 causes of death in developing countries are directly linked to poor and sustainable decisions as regards to water and sanitation! 😦 Its therefore a vital topic that has increased mortality and morbidity levels in Africa and needless to mention-an un acceptably higher DALYs if we are to go into health economics. Can we fix this mess? Iam aint bullshitting, Lets meet in Kigali and talk!
The Third Africa Conference on Hygiene and Sanitation (AfricaSan 3) to be held from July 19-21, 2011 in Kigali, Rwanda. AfricaSan 3 is being hosted by the Government of Rwanda and the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW). *Much respects to Rwanda, a country that has made milestones in public health*
About AfricaSan 3
The overall objective of AfricaSan 3 is to get Africa on track to meet the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) for sanitation. The meeting aims to attract the sanitation and hygiene leadership and expertise in Africa as well as the leading African and global agencies.
The specific objectives of AfricaSan 3 are to:
● Increase the evidence-base on sanitation and hygiene in Africa and exchange knowledge on strategies to overcome key blockages to assist decision-makers in implementing large-scale sanitation and hygiene programs
● Take stock of progress made by African countries and the efforts needed to meet the MDG on sanitation by 2015
● Review progress on implementing the eThekwini Declaration, update and re-confirm these commitments by African Ministers. Also prepare fresh commitments for measurable action by all key stakeholders, including donors, financing institutions, multilaterals and civil society;
● Undertake reviews of country sanitation and hygiene action plans, in order to improve their quality, realism and potential for impact; and,
● Raise the profile of sanitation and hygiene as a determinant to sustainable development in the region; and strengthen leadership and advocacy for sustained sanitation and behavior changes
The conference envisages five streams resulting in five different kinds of outputs:
● Political Stream: Tracking eThekwini achievements and developing political commitments by Ministers, donors/banks, multilaterals, NGOOs, utilities and civil society
● Country Action Plan Stream: improving the realism and implementation of country plans
● Thematic Learning Stream: focusing on finding solutions to key problems that hinder large-scale impact
● Seminars and Side Meetings: encouraging information exchange on topics selected by commissioning agencies and furthering agency business.
● Technical Fair, Advocacy and Awards: providing opportunities for information exchange, sales, networking and advocacy events.
AfricaSan 3 is expecting between 500-700 participants, drawn from up to 50 African countries (Ministers and high-level decision makers, government officials, sector specialists and civil society organizations), international agencies and delegates from the public or private sectors, civil society, external support agencies, academia and the media. Delegates from other regions (Latin America and Caribbean, South Asia, and East Asia and Pacific) will also be invited to share knowledge and lessons on successful sanitation and hygiene experiences.
I have hope that it won’t stop on paper because our eyes are open right? Allonsay!