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QUETTA – Parliamentary Secretary for Law and Parliamentary Affairs, Dr Rubaba Buledi, has said more than 1.7 billion people worldwide are deprived of basic sanitation services, such as private toilets. “Of these, 494 million continue to defecate in the open, for example in street gutters, behind bushes or in open bodies of water,”
Addressing a ‘Toilets Make Sanitation Best for Millions (S4M)’ sensitization session jointly organized by GIZ and BRSP here at a local hotel on Wednesday. The session was organized to reward the winners of schools and seminary students with shields for the best sanitary facilities. No less than 100 schools and 25 seminaries were commissioned to participate in the sanitation contest.
Dr Rubaba Buledi said Pakistan had made significant progress in improving access to sanitation, but according to the UNICEF report, 25 million people still practice open defecation. Lack of access to adequate sanitation facilities has a negative impact on children’s health and well-being.
“53,000 Pakistani children under the age of five die each year from diarrhea due to contaminated water and poor sanitation,” she added. She continued to say that children with repeated bouts of diarrhea are likely to fall behind in school or drop out altogether.
In addition, it can also cause stunting which currently affects nearly 44% of children in Pakistan. Welcoming the efforts of GIZ and BRSP, she said that improving sanitation and hygiene is part of the Sustainable Development Goals; the government strives to achieve these objectives in collaboration with organizations working on the issue.
“It is absolutely necessary to extend it to the interior parts of the province by engaging the local community to succeed more effectively. She lamented that due to poor sanitation, a large part of the poor class is wasted on saving their children from viruses and bacteria.
“With the provision of the best hygiene and sanitation facilities, we could save their money from waste,” she claimed.
GIZ Pakistan Senior Technical Advisor Hashim Khan said on the occasion that GIZ is doing all it can to raise awareness about sanitation and provide maximum support in this regard. The GIZ Technical Advisor thanked the Women’s Parliamentary Caucus of the Balochistan Assembly for extending their support for sanitation awareness. GIZ Provincial Technical Advisor Jaffar Shah said a sanitation task was given to 100 schools and 25 seminary students, with the top three awarded certificates and shields.
Toilet manufacturing closing ceremony
BRSP as part of its Sanitation for Millions (S4M) project held the closing ceremony of Toilets Making the Grade (TMG) on June 29, 2022. 28 out of 100 schools and Madaris participated in the competition. The ceremony was graced by Dr. Rubaba Khan Buledi (MPA), Ms. Raheela Hameed Durrani (Ex-Speaker of Balochistan Assembly), DEO Male & Female GoB, School Teachers, GIZ Officials, Staff media and BRSP staff. Addressing the occasion, the honorable guests said that the competition will improve health and hygiene conditions at school level. The guests also urged the Government of Balochistan to include these innovative programs in its PSDP, so that schools and Madaris are not left out through the implementation of development interventions. Badges were distributed to the guests and bonuses and prizes were given to the 3 best schools.