We all agree; Water Is The Foundation of Health!
Co-Creating future programmatic actions is both my purpose and my passion, so I was honoured to be invited by our trusted The Wellbeing Foundation Africa partners Reckitt to highlight and share my insights on our collaborative WBFA and Dettol Nigeria Hygiene Quest programme and curricula, which is accelerating the uptake of long-lasting WASH habits in schools, healthcare facilities and communities across Nigeria, on the sidelines of the UN-Water Conference 2023 at the UN HQ in NYC last week.
Taking place at the WBFA partner McCann Worldgroup Black Box, I joined moderator David Shukman, Former BBC Correspondent and Science Editor, Fan Zhang, Lead Economist and Global Lead for Water Economics and Climate Change at the World Bank, Rajash Sarin, Regional Director, Water.org, Professor Daniele Lantagne, Tufts University, and Rodrigo Belli, CEO of Agua Camelo to discuss how water is the foundation of health, with continuum being the key to healthy communities, from access to water and sanitation to hygiene and hygienic behaviours, and finally to better health outcomes.
Straight afterwards at the UNHQ, it was great to catch up with Dominic O’Neill, Executive Director and Sue Coates, Deputy Executive Director, of my long-standing advocacy partners, The Sanitation and Hygiene Fund who are a transformative UN fund that is catalysing national sanitation economies across the African Union region, including in Nigeria which is a high priority country, to pave the way for climate resilience, gender equity and water security through innovative financing in WASH.
Reflecting on the Water Conference and the adoption of the Water Action Agenda, representing voluntary commitments of nations and stakeholders, including those of my ECOSOC and Global Compact accredited The Wellbeing Foundation Africa, to achieve SDG6, it is evident that without enough water at the right time in the right quality, there is no sustainable development in any sector, leaving billions behind.