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Urdu language Daily Express, Islamabad E-Paper image of the news item of Media Scrap Book launching ceremony, held at National Press Club Islamabad, reported by WashMedia-South Asia member Shahid Khan.

1 billion people in South Asia without improved sanitation: Media Scrapbook
* Publication criticises failure of governments in South Asia to provide clean water and sanitation to citizens
Staff Report
ISLAMABAD: South Asian nations face a daunting challenge to provide drinking water and sanitation to their citizens, one billion of whom do not use improved sanitation facilities and 700 million practice open defecation compromising on their dignity, Media Scrapbook revealed.

Despite these conditions and several high-level political commitments at different forums to reverse the situation, the governments in South Asia had been unable to provide these fundamental services, Media Scrapbook said.
Media Scrapbook, which was published by WashMedia-South Asia, a representative body of journalists from Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka, working on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), was launched at the National Press Club. It comprises of around 100 selected stories published in different print and electronic media of the member countries.

WashMedia-South Asia comprises of 32 members, both in the print and electronic media from all five South Asian countries and is working on WASH sector since January 2011.
So far the members of the regional group have reported more than 1,000 stories on the WASH issues.
The members of the regional group through their stories suggested that the single and most important development challenge in South Asia was to end the sanitation and hygiene crisis and promote dignified lives, reduce preventable deaths, improve gender equality, contribute to the disposable income of the poor and safeguard the environment.
Governments in South Asia during the 4th South Asian Conference on Sanitation recognised that sanitation in South Asia was at a crisis point.
Thursday, August 09, 2012
Daily Times, Islamabad 
Media Scrap Book reveals
One billion don’t use improved sanitation facilities, 700 m practice open defecation in South Asia
Islamabad : South Asian nations are facing a daunting challenge to provide drinking water and sanitation to their citizens, where one billion people don’t use improved sanitation facilities and 700 million practice open defecation compromising on their dignity.
Despite these pathetic conditions and several high level political commitments at different forums to reverse this situation government in South Asia have been unable to provide these fundamental services, unveiled Media Scrap Book carrying published media stories from across South Asian countries.

Regional Coordinator WashMedia-South Asia Amar Guriro, Advocacy Manager WaterAid Pakistan,Abdul Hafeez, Regional Advocacy Manager WaterAid South Asia, Mustafa Talpur, Coordinator Asia Rights in Crisis, Oxfam Shafqat Munir and Chief Executive of SDPI Dr. Abid are unveiling Media Scrapbook at National Press Club, Islamabad, Pakistan on August 07, 2012.

Media Scrap Book , which was published by WashMedia-South Asia, a representative body of journalists from Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka working on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), was launched here Tuesday at National Press club.
Amar Guriro, Regional Coordinator WASH media South Asia, Abid Qayyum Sulari Chief Executive, SDPI, Shafqat Munir Asia right in crisis Coordinator Oxfam and Mustafa Talpur also participated in the launching ceremony.
The media scrap book comprises on around selected 100 stories published in different print and electronic media in these countries. WashMedia-South Asia comprises on 32 members, both the print and electronic media from all five South Asian countries and is working on Wash sector since January 2011 and so far the members of the regional group have reported more than 1000 stories on WASH issues.
The members of regional group through their stories suggested that the single and most important development challenge in South Asia is to end the sanitation & hygiene crisis and promote dignified lives, reduce preventable deaths, improve gender equality, contribute to the disposable income of the poor and safeguard the environment. Governments in South Asia during 4th South Asian Conference on Sanitation recognized that sanitation in South Asia is at crisis point.
The stories based on governance and accountability in water & sanitation sector, water quality, pollution, right to access to safe drinking water, conditions of water in floods and other disasters and also covering different events of water sector went on to add the failures of the South Asian governments to provide drinking water and sanitation facilities to their citizens.
Addressing the launching ceremony, leading Pakistani environmental journalist and WashMedia-South Asia’s regional coordinator, Amar Guriro said that the media scrap book is an eye opening for the South Asian governments who failed to provide these very basic facilities of drinking water and sanitation to their people hence a development promise in the region remain an illusion.
He further said that book would help them know the water and sanitation situation in the South Asian countries other than Pakistan with the stories published here depicting the actual situation of the fields and making scopes for interactions among the regional journalists actively working in the area through networking. He said that the book contains stories on water and sanitation in six categories with focus on monitoring political commitments, disasters and rights.
The Media Scrap Book reveals that Pakistan is suffering of worst sanitation conditions and the data states that the total economic impact of inadequate sanitation in Pakistan amounts to a loss of Rs 343.7 billion and these economic impacts are the equivalent of about 3.9 percent of Pakistan’s gross domestic product (GDP).
Quoting data of international organisations book discloses 52,000 children die annually due to diarrhea in Pakistan. It also reveals that in Pakistan, 14 million people still do not have access to safe drinking water and over 90 million are without improved sanitation. It also discloses that 40 million people nearly one fourth of the population in Pakistan practice open defecation.
Scrap book further stated quoting data of different studies that in Pakistan, 50.1 percent of households have access to improved toilets, of which 55.8 percent have a sewer connected to a flush toilet, and 29.1 percent have a flush toilet connected to a septic tank and beside that the total population, approximately 50 million people (31 percent) defecate in the open, and an estimated 8 million people (5 percent) use shared toilets.
Thursday, August 07, 2012
One Pakistan 

Lack of sanitation costs Pakistan 3.9% of GDP: Report
By PPI
Published: August 7, 2012
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has the worst sanitary conditions in the South Asian region and its total economic impact amounts to a loss of Rs343.7 billion, which is equivalent to around 3.9% of Pakistan’s gross domestic product (GDP), the Media Scrap Book reveals.
Media Scrap Book, collection of around 100 selected stories published in print and electronic media, compiled by the WashMedia-South Asia – a representative body of journalists from Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka working on water, sanitation and hygiene.
The book was launched in Islamabad on Tuesday at the National Press club. It revealed that 52,000 children die annually due to diarrhea in Pakistan. It also reveals that in Pakistan, 14 million people still do not have access to safe drinking water and over 90 million are without improved sanitation. “40 million people – nearly one fourth of the total population – in Pakistan practice open defecation,” the book mentions.
Quoting data from various studies, the book points out that approximately 50 million people defecate in the open and an estimated 8 million people use shared toilets.
Pakistan, along with other South Asian nations, is facing a daunting challenge to provide safe drinking water and sanitation to its citizens. Around a billion people in the region don’t use improved sanitation facilities and 700 million practice open defecation compromising their dignity.
Despite such conditions and several high-level political commitments to reverse this situation, governments in South Asia have been unable to provide these fundamental services, the Media Scrap Book observed.
Regional Coordinator WashMedia-South Asia Amar Guriro and Abid Qayyum Sulari, Shafqat Munir and Mustafa Talpu attended the book’s launching ceremony.
The WashMedia-South Asia comprises of 32 media members from all the five South Asian countries and is working for the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector since January 2011. So far, the members of the regional group have reported more than 1000 stories on WASH issues.
The members of the regional group, through their stories, suggested that the single and most important developmental challenge in South Asia is to end the sanitation and hygiene crisis, something the concerned governments had acknowledged during the 4th South Asian Conference on Sanitation.
Express Tribune, Islamabad

One billion in S Asia lack access to potable water
August 08, 2012
By: Our Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD – South Asian nations are facing a daunting challenge to provide drinking water and sanitation to their citizens, where one billion people don’t use improved sanitation facilities and 700 millions practice open defecation compromising on their dignity.
Despite these pathetic conditions and several high-level political commitments at different forums to reverse this situation, the governments in South Asia have been unable to provide these fundamental services, unveiled Media Scrap Book carrying published media stories from across South Asian countries.
This is the crux of Media Scrap Book titled ‘Water and Sanitation in the media; a collection of stories by South Asian Journalists”. The book was launched by Water Aid here on Tuesday at National Press Club.
Regional Coordinator Wash Media South Asia Amar Guriro, Abdul Hafeez Advocacy Manager Water Aid Pakistan, Mustafa Talpur Regional Advocacy Manager Water Aid South Asia, Shafqat Munir Coordinator Asia Rights in Crisis, Oxfam and Chief Executive of SDPI Dr. Abid were present on the occasion.

Regional Coordinator WashMedia South Asia Amar Guriro is addressing the media at National Press Club, Islamabad, Pakistan on August 07, 2012 during the launching ceremony of Media Scrapbook.

Wash Media-South Asia, a representative body of journalists from Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka has worked on water, sanitation and hygiene. The media scrap book comprised on around selected 100 stories published in different print and electronic media in these countries. Themes of the stories are commonly on issues like monitoring political commitment, disasters, rights and inclusion, health inclusion and many other social issues of the society.
Speaking on the occasion Chief Executive of SDPI congratulated the whole team of Water Aid for the publishing of book and further added that 75 per cent of total population face problems of pure water and sanitation. Half of the population face problems regarding sanitation.
Hygienic problems were very common in women’s and for this purpose a regional campaign will be started soon. Millions of people suffer from the hygienic means. Wash Media raised very important issue of the society and we support them, Shafqat Munir said during the book launched ceremony.
Media Scrap Book revealed that Pakistan suffered of worst sanitation conditions and the data states that the total economic impact of inadequate sanitation in Pakistan amounts to a loss of Rs 343.7 billion and these economic impacts are the equivalent of about 3.9 percent of Pakistan’s gross domestic product (GDP).
South Asian nations were facing a daunting challenge since decades to provide drinking water and sanitation to their citizens, where one billion people don’t use improved sanitation facilities and 700 million practice open defecation compromising on their dignity.
The Nation, Islamabad 

Media Scrapbook launching ceremony reported in Regional Times, Karachi

Scanned copy of the news item published in Daily Times, Islamabad about Media Scrapbook launching ceremony.

Media Scrapbook launching ceremony news item in The Nation, Islamabad.

Scanned copy of the news item of Media Scrapbook launching ceremony published in Daily Pakistan (Urdu), Islamabad.

Scanned copy of the news item of Media Scrapbook launching ceremony published in Daily Din (Urdu), Islamabad.

Scanned copy of the photo of Media Scrapbook launching ceremony published in Business Times (Urdu), Islamabad.

Scanned copy of the news item of Media Scrapbook launching ceremony published in Alakhbaar (Urdu), Islamabad.

Scanned copy of the news item of Media Scrapbook launching ceremony published in Daily Aman (Urdu), Faisalabad.

Media Scrap book on WASH published
Updated: Sunday 06 May 2012
With a need to the role of media in improving the WASH situation across the South Asia region, a media scrap book comprising the regional stories on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in the South Asia has been published.
South Asian WASH Media Journalists Network supported by Regional WaterAid Office in Pakistan have jointly come up with the collection of interesting media articles and stories on WASH written by various media persons working in the region including Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The scrap book comprises selective stories published between February 2011 to March 2012 on water, sanitation and hygiene reported by the members of the network from across South Asian countries on seven major thematic areas –monitoring political commitments, disasters, rights and inclusion, health, governance and best practices.
To get the soft copy of the scrap book, click the following link:https://washmediasa.wordpress.com/publication
WASTAN Nepal 

WASH scrapbook unveiled in Bangladesh

Staff Correspondent

A scrapbook compiling stories on water and sanitation in the South Asian media was launched in the capital on Tuesday.
The WASH Media-South Asia, a platform of journalists from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, published the book containing their stories on WASH issues that had already appeared in different print and electronic media, mostly in 2011.

New Age chief news editor Farid Ahmed WaterAid Bangladesh director (policy and advocacy) Partha Hefaz Shaikh and WashMedia-South Asia’s Bangladesh country coordinator Mustafizur Rahman are unveiling Media Scrapbook in Dhaka, Bagladesh on June 05, 2012

New Age chief news editor Farid Ahmed unveiled the scrapbook at a function also attended by senior reporters from different dailies and television channels.
WaterAid Bangladesh director (policy and advocacy) Partha Hefaz Shaikh and WASH Media-South Asia’s Bangladesh country coordinator Mustafizur Rahman, among others, were present at the function organised with the support of WaterAid Bangladesh.
Speaking on the occasions, the reporters said the book would help them know the water and sanitation situation in the South Asian countries other than Bangladesh with the stories published here depicting the actual situation of the fields and making scopes for interactions among the regional journalists actively working in the area through networking.
The book contains stories on water and sanitation in six categories with focus on monitoring political commitments, disasters and rights.
New Age Bangladesh

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