”As the needs are enormous and the resources are limited, no government, company or humanitarian organization can take on this challenge by itself. Instead, all good forces have to join hands to ensure equitable access to sanitation for all in coming years, starting with social mobilisation at the community level to change behaviour and practises,” said Dr S.P. Agarwal.
Bekele Geleta, Secretary General for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) underlined the importance of community-based action to accomplish behavioural change.
“To address the lack of sanitation, it’s crucial to change mindsets. In this endeavour, we bring forward our community-based network of volunteers as agents of change for better practises and behaviour,” he said.
Dr Didar Singh, Secretary General, FICCI, emphasized the need for developing technologies and strengthening water management.
Lauding the initiative of the Indian Red Cross Society and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, WHO Representative to India, Dr Nata Menabde said, "The impact of inadequate sanitation on health, both in households and across communities is well-documented. The need for urgent, coordinated and coherent action in this direction is imperative. Through this partnership, we stand ready to provide technical support to government’s efforts in this direction."
?The partnership will not set up any new structures or funding mechanisms, but focus on enhancing action at the community level. Among other, a pilot project will be implemented up to 2015 as a precursor to longer term programming to 2025.