Reducing Early Childhood Diarrhea Through Improved Learning

July 25, 2016  | 

Despite the availability of inexpensive and easy-to-use technologies and simple behaviors that can prevent diarrhea, it was an unpleasant surprise for me to learn that it kills more than half a million children a year, predominantly in the developing world. More troubling still, social scientists have found it challenging to get high adoption rates and…

Solving the Sanitation Challenge in Malawi, One Toilet at a Time

July 6, 2016  |  by , ,

With implications in areas as diverse as nutrition, education, and health, the lack of proper sanitation and hygiene is considered one of the greatest barriers to global development. In Southern Africa, Malawi is all too familiar with these far-reaching consequences. Diarrheal disease is currently the fifth cause of death in Malawi and it is estimated…

Water, Climate, and Society: Who invited the mechatronics engineer?

July 5, 2016  |  by

Oxford’s REACH Water global consortium involves partners from many countries and organisations. Credit: REACH2016 I’m a robotics engineer from South Africa. I like technology, control theory, and data science – mostly things that don’t  (and can’t) get wet!  I know very little, if anything, about marine governance science, watershed management, or international water law. So…

Putting Local Wealth to Work for Safe Water Access

June 24, 2016  |  by

Photo Credit: Bobby Neptune Photography LLC Peaceful, jacaranda-shaded Embu, Kenya resembles many small cities in East Africa: bustling on market days, dusty and a little sleepy the rest of the week. But, water is always a major concern of its residents. Though Embu is situated near several rivers in the shadow of Mount Kenya, the…

Low-Tech Design Can Fuel WASH Innovations & SDG6

June 17, 2016  |  by

Bangladeshi Women. Photo credit: ohorizons.org Low-tech, scalable, local solutions present an exciting opportunity to address the water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) objectives laid out in goal number six of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). There is no one-size-fits-all solution to tackling WASH issues, but in order for development projects to be successful and…

In Sierra Leone, Clean Water Returns to a Rural School

June 3, 2016  |  by

Living Water engineer Rosemarie Yema Blake pumps water from a newly restored well as a representative from the Ministry of Water and Sanitation collects a test sample. Prior to the rehabilitation, the well at the Harry C Primary school in Sierra Leone’s Masorie village had remained unused by the school and the villagers for years.…

What is Sanitation Success?

May 23, 2016  |  by

During a recent desk review, we found there is no one widely accepted definition of sanitation success, even for broadly used approaches like community-led total sanitation. Some consider long-term success to be the movement of households up the “sanitation ladder,” the idea of incremental progression between service levels of different quality. Success for sanitation marketing efforts can include…