By Brian Hall, Chair of the Rotary Action Group for Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene
“We forget that the water cycle and the life cycle are one.”Jacques Yves Cousteau
Over the last year, the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Rotary Action Group has been incredibly busy. From our World Water Summit and webinar series on WASH in Healthcare Facilities to grant review and education support, we continue to advance WASH among Rotary members.
Take a moment to consider these facts from UNICEF’s 2020 Global progress report on WASH in health care facilities:
- A quarter of all health care facilities have no basic water services.
- 10% of health care facilities globally have no sanitation services.
- One in three healthcare facilities do not have adequate facilities to clean hands at the point of care.
- One in three health care facilities do not segregate waste safely.
While these statistics are shocking, they should also move us toward action. No mother should have to give birth in such a facility. I encourage you to go to our YouTube channel and watch the recordings of our recent webinars on WASH in Healthcare Facilities.
As always, our Action Group’s Professional Services team is happy to review your global grant prior to submission. The team is comprised of individuals with diverse WASH backgrounds and can help advise on any WASH grant. In addition, if we review your grant, you can put the WASH Rotary Action Group Donor Advised Fund in your funding section for as much as $2,000! Learn more.
Make sure you join us for World Water Summit 14 on 3 June. Whether you will be in Houston for the Rotary International Convention or not, you can still take part. This year, we’ll have a hybrid event with both in-person and virtual participation options. The theme is WASH Away Polio and will address water’s role in stopping the transmission of infectious diseases like polio. Speakers include Dr. Tunji Funsho (one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2020), Past RI President John Germ, Rotary Foundation Trustee Aziz Memon, and Chair of Rotary’s International PolioPlus Committee Mike McGovern. Learn more and register here.
If you are involved in WASH projects, we want to help you do more and better work. If you are interested in WASH projects and concerns, we want you on our team. Join the WASH Rotary Action Group and help us make a difference.