What Did YOU do for World Water Day?
What to do on World Water Day - this year there were lots of great opportunities from the World Walks for Water to joining in the social media campaign. We decided to pull together a dialogue on how the WASH, health, and nutrition communities can work together to raise the visibility and priority of these critical issues. WaterAid, Bread for the World and PATH convened a workshop on Integrating Advocacy to Improve Access to Nutrition, Safe Water, & Health. We called it a workshop but in truth we had a lot of fun brainstorming new ideas and meeting new allies.
We came up with a range of ideas from honing our messages on the links between the issues to finding ways to link up in-country advocacy communities. You might even say we were flush with ideas. There was considerable support for collecting the examples of projects that are delivering integrated services and documenting what we are learning from those success stories. If that strikes a chord with you and you know of such examples, send them our way. Several organizations are already working to compile a report to highlight opportunities for policymakers to take a more joined‐up approach to planning and implementing health, WASH, and nutrition strategies.
While some of the participants have been working together on advocacy and outreach, I was especially delighted that today's conversation included many new people. It was great to meet and learn from Food for the Hungry, the ONE Campaign, World Vision, and International Relief and Development among many others. We will be working together via the Health/WASH Network and we invite you to join us.
Because after all, it is not just about World Water Day, or any other day. It is about spreading the word every day in every way that investments in health, WASH, and nutrition are working. Together we are saving lives and strengthening communities.
Eileen Quinn directs PATH's advocacy & communications on diarrheal disease control