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Hon Muluzi attends sanitation convention in India

Hon. Atupele Muluzi attended the Mahatma Gandhi International Convention held in New Delhi on 29 September 2018. The Minister was accompanied by the Chief of Health ServicesDr. Charles Mwansambo. The theme of the convention “Improving access to sanitation and eradicating open defecation” was officially inaugurated by the President of India His Excellency, Shri Ram Nath Kovind. The aim of the convention was to share sanitation and hygiene experiences.

Fifty-three Ministers from participating countries attended the Convention. Also attending the Convention was the United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. António Guterres, and the Executive Director of UNICEF, Ms Henrietta Fore.The Convention was organized in commemoration of 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and International Day of Non-Violence on October 2, as a proponent of the universal right to sanitation.

Hon Atupele Muluzi, Minister of Health and Population being welcomed by the Vice-President of India Rt. Hon. Venkaiah Naidu atMahatma Gandhi International Convention

In his remarks when he inaugurated the Convention, the President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind said, “Gandhi saw it as intrinsic to the quest for human freedom and dignity for all those who live on our shared planet." He reminded the audience that for Gandhi ji, political independence and self-rule were only part of the larger enterprise of human freedom. For him, the dignity of each human life, of each individual, was of the essence; and he strived not just for a free India but a better and a just India, and for a better and a just world. In his perceptive manner, he made an early link between sanitation and the wider concept of freedom and dignity, stated the official press release.

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The President of India, His Excellency Shri Ram Nath Kovind and Ministers at the inaugural session of the sanitation convention at the Mahatma Gandhi International Convention held in New Delhi on 29 September 2018

Hon Atupele Muluzi observed that sanitation can reduce incidences of diarrhea and alluded that Malawi had made significant progress towards addressing sanitation in both urban and rural areas.

The number of people practicing open defecation in rural India has gone down from 550 million in 2014, to less than 150 million today.