Journalist Capacity-Building in South Asia Shows Results

Since 2000 the Water and Sanitation Program’s South Asia office has been holding a journalist capacity- enhancement program with the goal of increasing and improving coverage of water and sanitation issues in the media. Those efforts are paying off, exemplified by the recent publication in the Pakistan online publication, The Dawn, entitled “The Sanitation Factor.”  

The capacity-building program, instead of being organized in a traditional “presentation” format, counts on technical experts who engage journalists as researchers to identify together current sanitation and hygiene realities, and identify where journalists can fill knowledge gaps and how best to disseminate their findings.  

One needs only to read the subhead of The Dawn article to sense the impact such trainings have had on turning journalists into partners in the struggle to improve sanitation services. Huma Kawar writes, It is important to understand the link between hygiene and sanitation for child survival and development.”  In the article the author also covers gender issues related to sanitation, and a review of the successful Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) approach, that has vastly improved sanitation conditions in Bangladesh and is now being carried out in some areas of Pakistan.

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