Water and sanitation in the media: a collection of stories by South Asian journalists
In 2011, a group of dedicated journalists from South Asia writing on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) established a regional body called WASH Media – South Asia. The group consists of both print and broadcasting media personnel from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. As the members were already actively writing on WASH issues, the regional network helped to share their stories and coordinate their actions. This publication contains selected stories by forum members from all five South Asian countries involved. The stories have been categorised into seven different themes which include monitoring political commitments to WASH, reporting on WASH during disasters, issues of equity and rights relating to WASH, issues related to WASH and health, problems of governance and financing in the sector; and best practice applied to WASH. Although other topics have been covered by the journalists, these categories were chosen to highlight key themes and organise the content of the book.