Challenges and Opportunities for Inclusive and Sustainable WASH

December 19, 2016  |  by

Great strides have been made in improving sanitation in many developing countries, not least through Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS), an innovative method developed to address the behaviours behind ongoing open defecation. CLTS has spread rapidly over the last 16 years and is now present in over 60 different countries. However recent research shows that…

Linking Hygiene Promotion to Child Protection

December 12, 2016  |  by

ACTED case workers conducting hygiene education activities with children in Syrian refugee camp – ACTED Iraq, 2016 Today, 2.4 billion people in the world are struggling to stay well and keep their children alive due to the lack of access to hygiene and sanitation services. In recognition of the importance of addressing this global challenge,…

BabyWASH: Considerations for Child Health

November 21, 2016  |  by

Although global death rates of children under five resulting from diarrheal disease has fallen from a global high of 1.2 million in 2000 to 500,000 in 2015, it still represents the second leading cause of morbidity for this age group. These deaths are mainly preventable; 88% of them are attributed to a lack of access…

This is What a Toilet Revolution Looks Like

November 7, 2016  |  by

I think I may have recently witnessed a real toilet revolution! As Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor’s (WSUP’s) Head of Sanitation, a general poop enthusiast, and having been born on World Toilet Day, I hope you can understand how exciting this is for me. I recently visited Visakhapatnam (‘Vizag’ for short) for the…

Complications of Being an Effective Do-Gooder

October 31, 2016  |  by

The Challenge Say you wanted to put in a well in a small community that needed water, in an economically depressed part of the world. You did your homework on how a well could be built for sustainable, good quality water. You gathered the resources, knew the well would not dry up nearby springs because…

Preparing Community WASH Promoters for Success

October 11, 2016  |  by

When designing training, program managers often include only technical knowledge. Subject matter knowledge is essential, but developing skills to present and communicate information, relate to target audiences, and disseminate complex information for the purpose of learning are equally important. Take the case of Community WASH Promoters. They certainly need to know how to treat water,…

Toilets Transform Communities in Rural Angola

October 3, 2016  |  by

© Karin Schermbrucker. Eugenia, 11, washes her hands after learning about sanitation and hygiene during a ‘triggering’ meeting in Calipanguela Village, Angola. I recently returned from a trip to visit rural villages in Angola to look at the impact that UNICEF’s sanitation partnership with Andrex is having on children and families there. It’s incredible to…