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Bradford Students promote Sustainable Development Goal 6

#SDG6atUniBradford - Access to safe Water and Sanitation for all.

On the occasion of World Toilet Day on the 19th of November a team of students is promoting the cause with a number of events. The students are of the Division WASH - e-toilet. of Peaces Studies and International Development, with the assistance of Dr Fiona Macauley and Dr P.B.Anand, working in collaboration with students of the BSc Public Health and Community Well-being, under Abigail Lancaster, and MPH students under Dr Dawn Clarke. 

Why is it important?

1 in 3 people (2.4 billion worldwide) don't have access to safe, convenient and sustainable sanitation.

  • It is dangerous
    • health conditions: cholera, typhoid, infectious hepatitis, diarrhoea, intestinal worms, stunted growth, malnutrition... Some 900 children die every day for diseases linked to contaminated water and unsafe toilets. Around half the people in the world have an illness caused by bad sanitation.
    • Having to go in the open makes girls and women a target of sexual violence.
    • poisonous animals (snakes, scorpions), and in (post-) conflict areas landmines and explosives
  • It is degrading and undignifying
    • Major cause of insecurities, fear, vulnerability, embarrassment, shame and frustration on a daily basis - possibly multiple times.
  • It hinders education of girls who can't attend school during menstruation

These serious health issues are entirely preventable with simple technology: through safe containment of human waste that is accessible to the vulnerable members of the community.

Upcoming events:

Barefoot researchers changing global public health and sustainability

Guest lecture by Dr Anita Patil-Deshmukh WASH barefoot kid

Wednesday 15th of November 2017, 11am-1pm, Small Hall 

Dr Patil-Deshmukh trained and worked as consultant obstetrician in Illinois hospitals for more than 23 years and has then studied a Masters in Public Health at Harvard University. She is now the Executive Director of PUKAR (Partnership for Urban Knowledge and Action Research) in Mumbai, an organisation which works with some of the most deprived communities in the city’s slums of Mumbai.

The organisation has received several grants from the Ford Foundation and various international donors and their papers have been published in many top journals including in the British Medical Journal (BMJ Open vol 3 issue 4).

To register for this event please click here.

Gender Day workshop “Scared of going to the toilet: gender, vulnerability and lack of sanitation”

Tuesday 21st November 2017, 2-4pm: 

In this interactive workshop you will explore the particular ways in which the lack of sanitation (which affects 1 in 3 people worldwide, that is, 2.4 billion)  has an even more negative impact on vulnerable populations, especially women and girls. The absence of toilet facilities not only endangers human health (through the spread of infectious disease, diarrhoea, intestinal worms, stunted growth, malnutrition), but is also degrading and stressful, and dangerous as people are exposed to sexual violence, poisonous animals and even landmines just to have a poo. We examine the gendered impacts of lack of sanitation and what gender-sensitive sanitation policies might look like.

If you would like to attend this workshop, which has limited places, you MUST email Dr Fiona Macaulay 

Promoting SDG 6: Access to clean Water and Sanitation for all - Fund- and awareness raising event

Thursday 23rd November 2017, 11am-3pm

We need your support to raise money and awareness on Sustainable Development Goal 6 and to support two charities to build toilets and provide water and WASH - FH kids sanitation in poor communities around the world (Toilet Twinning and Wish for Wash). Together we can make a difference!

It's happening in the Atrium, Richmond Building, 11am-3pm: some student lead fun activities and fund raising!

Did you know that 1 in 3 people worldwide does not have access to a safe toilet? How would you feel if it was you?

Meet us and find out more, play some games, see a performance of the Bollywood Dance society, attend the screening of new Bollywood release: Toilet - A Love Story, support the sports teams squatting challenge, speak to the Wish for Wash CEO, and most importantly, help us twin UoB toilets! 

Can't make it on the day but would like to contribute? Please find a link for donations here.