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By: Malinta Yopolo

The Department of National Planning and Monitoring launched the Wash, Sanitation and
Hygiene (WaSH) Joint Sector Review (JSR) report that was conducted in 2022 at the Hilton
Hotel on the 22nd of November.
The launching marked a significant milestone in the commitment to improving the well-being
and livelihoods of the people through safe WaSH.

The JSR has identified current gaps at the National level, such as issues with the coordination,
financing, capacity, monitoring and recommendations to take in the gaps identified are inter-
related and would require multi-faceted approach to address all of them together.
The report is a powerful call to action, urging stakeholders in Papua New Guinea to transform its
insights into tangible actions.

John Nokue, DNPM National WaSH Planner said, “The culmination of this review is a testament
to the commitment, time and collaboration of the JSR Technical Working Group and each
member, representing diverse organization and expertise has played a crucial role in bringing
us to this point.”
The Department of Education, Assistant Secretary WaSH School Division Avea Avaroa said,
“The report serves as a road map for collective efforts to enhance WaSH.”

According to Anna Gilchrist, first Secretary for Health, Australian High Commission, Australians
largest dedicated funding support in WaSH is through the Water for Women fund.
Gilchrist said, “Importantly water for women projects are now delivering climate resilient WaSH
programs with the central focus on climate adaptation and resilience.”
Water for Women partners have supported PNG to achieve positive outcomes across system
strengthening, WaSH services, gender equality, disability and the learning aspects.

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