Panel Discussion on “Water & Sanitation: Foundation for Improved Health”
Nov 28, 2013
Internal Press Release

The Bansidhar & Ila Panda Foundation in partnership with FICCI Aditya Birla CSR Centre of Excellence and FICCI Odisha State Council, organized a Panel Discussion on “Water & Sanitation: Foundation for Improved Health" on Nov 28th at Bhubaneswar.

The objective of the Panel Discussion is to bring together experts across sectors (incl. Government, I/NGO and Private sector) to discuss ways in which various stakeholders can contribute to meet the challenge of creating awareness among people, facilitating access to safe drinking water, adequate sanitation and good hygiene all of which are essential for good health and survival.

Discussion and deliberations were focused on 1.Sensitizing the relationship between water, sanitation, hygiene and its impact on health. 2.Sharing best practice programs by different agencies and existing partnerships. 3.How Government, NGOs and the private sector can together bring a faster and greater impact in the society on this issue.

Speaking on the occasion Shaifalika Panda, Trustee and CEO of the Bansidhar & Ila Panda Foundation said “Achieving the targets on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene calls for scale up of interventions which is only possible through concerted action by multiple stakeholders. Each stakeholder needs to select individual objectives and simultaneously work towards the collective goal. The more aligned we are, the faster we can achieve the target.”

Other speakers on the panel were Mrs. Tuhina Roy, State Consultant, IEC & HRD, Odisha State Water & Sanitation Mission, Government of Odisha; Dr. K K Upadhyay Head CSR, FICCI Aditya Birla CSR Center for Excellence; Mr. Arumugam Kalimuthu Country Director, Water for People; Mr. Brecht Mommen, WASH Specialist UNICEF, Odisha State Office; Dr. Suvendu Das, Vice President – HR, Paradeep Phosphates Ltd and Dr. B. B. Samantha Independent Consultant, WASH.

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