Azerbaijan improves water quality monitoring and reporting

Aytan Yusifova

Through the Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation (JMP), WHO and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) are working with the Government of Azerbaijan to ensure the availability of safe and sufficient water supplies. Thanks in part to this process, latest estimates suggest that Azerbaijan is likely to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) target for drinking-water and sanitation by 2015.

Training

To improve technical capacity for monitoring of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), a training workshop on global monitoring programmes for drinking water and sanitation was jointly organized by WHO and the Ministry of Health on 18-19 December 2014 in Baku. Its specific objectives were:

  • to disseminate the latest findings from the JMP and the United Nations Water Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking-Water (GLAAS);
  • to introduce post-2015 global targets for water and sanitation;
  • to help country stakeholders understand the JMP; and 
  • to stimulate a dialogue between WHO and country stakeholders regarding the forthcoming reporting cycle for JMP and GLAAS.

The workshop was attended by representatives of the ministries of health, finance, education and environment, state statistics committee, republican and district centres of hygiene and epidemiology, the state water supply company Azersu and WHO.

Its key achievements were introduction of a GLAAS country profile to national stakeholders; completion of a reconciliation and validation exercise with Azerbaijan data for the 2015 JMP report; and agreement on country procedures for the next JMP and GLAAS reporting cycles.

Background

The JMP is the official United Nations mechanism mandated with monitoring of global progress towards the MDG target related to access to drinking-water and sanitation. GLAAS is implemented by WHO and aims to monitor the policy and institutional enabling environment and the human resources and finance required to extend and WASH systems and services. 

GLAAS is a country-led process that helps to bring together all relevant stakeholders and to analyse the factors associated with progress, or lack of WASH services.