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  • Sanitation and gender – looking beyond the binary

    Girls and boys uniform at Katapazi school in Zambia.
    Posted 25 Jul 2017 by Andrés Hueso, Mamata Dash and Priya Nath

    Research has shown that the issue of transgender and intersex access to sanitation is under-addressed in the water, sanitation and hygiene development sector. Andrés Hueso, Senior Policy Analyst for Sanitation at WaterAid, and Mamata Dash of WaterAid India, discuss the human rights issues at the heart of the matter, and what could be done.

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  • WaterAid at 40th WEDC Conference

    Girls celebrate the newly-built latrine at their schools in Kibuku District, Uganda, which was funded by H&M Foundation.
    Posted 20 Jul 2017 by Aditi Chandak

    Academics and practitioners working in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector will attend the annual WEDC International Conference, hosted by Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC) at Loughborough University on 24–28 July. Aditi Chandak, WaterAid’s Learning and Knowledge Advisor, introduces the range of topics WaterAid will cover at the 40th WEDC International Conference.

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  • Counting how many people have water, sanitation and hygiene

    A borehole that lasts for a lifetime
    Posted 13 Jul 2017 by Stuart Kempster

    New data from UNICEF/WHO estimate the percentage of the global population using at least a basic level of service for drinking water and sanitation to be 89% and 68%, respectively. Stuart Kempster, WaterAid’s Policy Analyst for Monitoring and Accountability, looks into what we can tell from the estimates.

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  • How can midwives be expected to deliver quality care without clean water?

    Midwife Daniel Paulo checks on a two-day-old baby in the labour ward of Kiomboi Hospital, Iramba, Tanzania, December.
    Posted 16 Jun 2017 by Dan Jones

    That’s the question we’ll be discussing from 18-22 June, when 4,000 of the world’s midwives and other health practitioners and policy-makers gather at the International Confederation of Midwives Congress in Toronto, Canada. Dan Jones, our Global Advocacy Coordinator, calls for action.

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  • Comprehensive programming for menstrual health in schools in India

    A teacher hands out sanitary pads at a school in Isidore, India.
    Posted 26 May 2017 by Arundati Muralidharan

    Schools offer a crucial chance for menstrual hygiene programmes to make transformations that will benefit adolescent girls long into their futures. This Menstrual Hygiene Day, Arundati Muralidharan, WaterAid India’s Policy Manager for WASH in Schools, Health and Nutrition, describes the menstrual hygiene landscape in India’s schools, and the work WaterAid India is doing to improve it.

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  • The beginning of the road: Swaziland convenes first joint sector review

    Posted 9 May 2017 by Ncamiso Mhlanga

    In September 2016, Swaziland’s water and sanitation sector assembled to discuss and review water, sanitation and hygiene issues through a joint sector review (JSR). Ncamiso Mhlanga, WaterAid’s Country Team Leader in Swaziland, reports back on the benefits of JSRs for the sector.

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  • Our heroes: two public health students take Healthy Start to Niger

    Halima, 22 years old (left.) and Amina 21 years old (right.)
    Posted 4 May 2017 by Moumouni Kimba Alfari

    Healthy Start is WaterAid’s campaign, in partnership with health professionals across the world, to ensure quality healthcare for all by 2030. Moumouni Kimba Alfari, Programme Manager for WaterAid Niger, describes how the campaign is gaining momentum in Niger.

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  • Mapping progress and ambition toward 2030

    UNGA sign
    Posted 27 Apr 2017 by Margaret Batty

    ‘What is the story that an organisation tells itself that isn’t true’? Margaret Batty, Director of Global Policy and Campaigns at WaterAid, celebrates progress since the UK House of Commons International Development Committee Report on Sanitation and Water published ten years ago.

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  • From mineral rights to human rights: the extractive industries and the WASH Sector in Timor-Leste

    Francisco, 8, outside a WaterAid latrine, Boroluli, Timor Leste.
    Posted 25 Apr 2017 by John Garrett

    Many countries rich in natural resources are among the least developed and struggling to meet development and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) targets. John Garrett, WaterAid’s Senior Policy Analyst for Development Finance, presents a new report analysing Timor-Leste’s extractive industries’ contribution to national wealth, through the lens of funding for WASH.

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  • The long and winding road – bringing water to Kibondemaji, Dar es Salaam

    A young man collects water at the water source from a dammed water collection point in Mbagala, Kibonde Maji A Ward, Temeke Municipality, Dar es Salaam City, Tanzania – February 2015
    Posted 21 Apr 2017 by Priya Sippy

    Collaboration and innovation are two values core to WaterAid’s work, and we are frequently shown how key they are to our projects. Priya Sippy, Campaigns and Communications Manager at WaterAid Tanzania, shares frontline experience of partnership and adaptive planning in bringing water and sanitation to Kibondemaji in Dar es Salaam.

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