Conversation on Water: A blind spot in public health

A Conversation on Water: A blind spot in public health will be held on February 28 at Assam Engineering Institute (AEI) field, Chandmari, Guwahati.

The event is being held as part of the National Science Day 2016 organized jointly by Cotton College State University and the Institute of Advanced Study in Science and Technology, Guwahati.

The Conversation will aim to reach out to the student community in Guwahati to orient them on the importance of safe water and sanitation. The conversation will focus mostly on Water Quality while touching upon larger issues of WASH. The conversation would also encourage college students to create a campus network on WASH and initiate actions at the level of the student community to spread awareness on WASH issues.

The Conversation will be moderated by Dr. Chandan Mahanta, Professor, IIT, Guwahati.

The ‘Sanitation Scribes’ initiative between Shishu Sarothi and Thumbprint Foundation, supported by UNICEF Assam is a unique one that aims to bring into focus issues around Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in Assam. Achievement of WASH targets including elimination of open defecation and availability of safe drinking water, depends to a large extent on creating awareness and sensitization among communities for which it is critical to make WASH issues an acceptable and urgent ‘talking point’ in the public discourse. Media plays an important role in raising relevant issues, and increasing public consciousness and acceptability of certain issues.

In this context, the role of Sanitation Scribes will be crucial to bring hitherto non-prioritised issues in mainstream discourse. Sanitation Scribes is a group of sensitized and committed journalists who have been writing proactively on sanitation issues. Sanitation Scribes regularly organizes ‘Conversations’ or informal discussion events on specific WASH issues