Learning the lessons about hygiene and sanitation

By Sue Alexander, Senior Manager, Environmental Programmes at HSBC. Did you know the UN General Assembly declared 2013 “International Year of Water Cooperation”? More of that in a moment. I have arrived in Stockholm, Sweden, to attend World Water Week. Firstly, let me explain what World Water Week is. It’s an annual conference held in Stockholm at which some 200 organisations from across the world concerned with water issues meet for scientific and policy discussions. World Water Week delegates have the opportunity to select from over 100 events during the six days. And why am I here?

Storming work in the USA

As part of the HSBC Water Programme, (HWP), Citizen Science Leaders (CSLs) in New York City, Buffalo and Chicago are helping scientists understand the impact of storms on local water quality. These cities were built with sewer systems called Combined Sewer Overflow systems (CSOs), which transport both storm water and untreated sewage to the same treatment facilities before discharging it into local rivers, streams and lakes.

Programme to support ancient aquifer restoration

HSBC Water Programme funding is supporting the restoration and preservation of an ancient aquifer in the Yucatan. - See more at: https://www.thewaterhub.org/news/page/2/#sthash.KJKJQv5Y.dpuf

HSBC Water Programme funding is supporting the restoration and preservation of an ancient aquifer in the Yucatan.

Tackling the taboo of menstruation

Globally, approximately 52 per cent of the female population (26 per cent of the total population) is of reproductive age. However, in most parts of the world, the natural process of menstruation remains taboo and is rarely talked about.

Menstruation is a natural process; however, if not properly managed it can result in a number of health problems. Reports have suggested links between poor menstrual hygiene and urinary or reproductive tract infections and other illnesses.

Ganga conservation efforts inspire thousands

Thousands of people from across India have engaged in interactive street plays, film screenings and public exhibitions as part of a WWF-led campaign designed to raise awareness of environmental threats to the river Ganga during Kumbh celebrations – one of the largest religious gatherings in the world. Widely considered to be amongst the greatest Indian pilgrimages, Kumbh began on 14 January 2013 and, over 55 days, attracted 100 million people to bathe in the iconic Ganges in Sangam, Allahabad.