R2HC Opens Call for Proposals this June

May 29, 2018  |  by

On 5 June 2018 R2HC’s annual Call for Proposals opens. R2HC is a public health research fund aiming to improve health outcomes by strengthening the evidence base for public health interventions in humanitarian crises. The R2HC programme is the product of a strategic partnership between the UK Government (DFID), the Wellcome Trust, and the UK…

Sanitary Pads for Underserved Populations – Two Common Approaches

May 17, 2018  |  by

This month we are featuring stories about menstrual hygiene management and women’s safe access to sanitation, in anticipation of Menstural Hygiene Day on May 28th. Learn more and get involved here. This story was originally pubslished by Engineering For Change. To see the original post, click here. By Michael Moscherosch Without access to affordable napkins, girls…

Gamifying Urban Sanitation Services

February 13, 2018  |  by

By Steve Metcalfe It’s a real challenge to support the private sector to provide sanitation services to the poorest urban residents. On the one hand, the private sector will only get involved if services can be profitable; on the other hand, low-income customers with very little disposable income will only pay if a service is…

Innovations to Combat the Spread of Cholera in Cities

December 18, 2017  |  by

This week we feature a story originally published by Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP). To view the original post, click here. Cholera is a common public health burden in cities across the developing world, and tackling the spread of cholera in low-income communities is of high priority for city authorities. By Rosie Renouf…

Innovation Through Failure, Mutation, and Flexibility

December 12, 2017  |  by

This week we feature another great piece  originally published by our friends at the Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF) with a focus on innovations in WASH in emergency settings. To see the original article, click here, and take a look at the last piece we featured by elrha on this topic here. By Mambwe Chella Having debunked…

Building the Tiger Worm Toilets

3 Things Faecal Sludge Can Teach us About Humanitarian Innovation

June 28, 2017  |  by

Think that faecal sludge isn’t relevant to you? Think again! Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF) has a portfolio of seven faecal sludge management (FSM) projects, and during a stock check on what they’ve learned about innovation, it was clear that the top three conclusions apply to more than just emergency WASH: they’re about the humanitarian ecosystem.…

Who Owns the Land? The Challenges of Improving Sanitation Systems in Cities

February 28, 2017  |  by ,

Land rights – or the lack of them – are often fundamental when it comes to improving sanitation systems in cities. The lack of clarity over land ownership can be a real stumbling block when it comes to building new infrastructure – something Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) has experienced in a…

Can you crowdsource water quality data?

January 9, 2017  |  by

The recently released Contextual Framework for Crowdsourcing Water Quality Data lays out a strategy for citizen engagement in decentralized water quality monitoring, enabled by the “mobile revolution.” According to the WHO, 1.8 billion people lack access to safe drinking water worldwide. Poor source water quality, non-existent or insufficient treatment, and defects in water distribution systems and storage…