• Water, sanitation and hygiene must be the first lines of defence against antimicrobial resistance

    Midwives Farida and Juliana wash their hands from a bucket of water in the labour ward at Kiomboi Hospital, Tanzania.
    Posted 26 Sep 2016 by Yael Velleman

    As world leaders meet at the UN General Assembly to discuss the rise of drug-resistant micro-organisms globally, Yael Velleman, WaterAid's Senior Policy Analyst on Health and Hygiene, discusses why they would do well to consider the experience of the midwives at Kiomboi Hospital in the Iramba district of Tanzania.

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  • Breaking down siloes with the BabyWASH coalition

    A planning, monitoring and evaluation meeting in Lilongwe, Malawi.
    Posted 19 Sep 2016 by Dan Jones

    Dan Jones, WaterAid UK’s Advocacy Coordinator, explains why WaterAid is excited to help lead a new cross-sector coalition.

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  • The missing ingredients

    Selalossie's mother gives her children dirty water to drink at their home in Madagascar.
    Posted 4 Aug 2016 by Megan Wilson-Jones

    WaterAid and SHARE launch a report today highlighting the degree to which national nutrition and WASH plans and policies are coordinated and integrated to end malnutrition. As world leaders gather in Brazil for the Nutrition for Growth event organised by the Olympic host nation to discuss progress in ending malnutrition, Megan Wilson-Jones, Policy Analyst for Health and Hygiene at WaterAid UK, discusses the study’s main findings.

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  • AIDS 2016 – integration for HIV and WASH

    Nurse Elena tests a child for HIV and malaria at a paediatric clinic in Dar es Salaam City, Tanzania.
    Posted 3 Aug 2016 by Sakhile Khaweka

    The AIDS 2016 Conference in Durban, South Africa, was an important chance to promote integration of HIV and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programmes. Sakhile Khaweka, WaterAid’s Regional Support Officer for Southern Africa, introduces WaterAid and SAfAIDS’ field guide for integration, and looks at how WaterAid can continue to advocate for the importance of WASH in a busy HIV sector.

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  • Without toilets we won't end malnutrition

    Arsenal, 8, stands in front of a toilet donated to his school in Madagascar.
    Posted 14 Jun 2016 by Dan Jones

    The new Global Goals commit UN member countries to ending malnutrition and achieving universal access to water and sanitation by 2030. As the 2016 Global Nutrition Report launches, WaterAid’s advocacy coordinator Dan Jones reflects on the urgent need for concerted action.

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  • Seven things we learned from the World Health Assembly

    Channa Sam Ol (WaterAid Cambodia), Dr Lo Veasnakiry (Cambodia Ministry of Health) and Alison Macintyre (WaterAid Australia).
    Posted 10 Jun 2016 by Dan Jones

    A delegation of WaterAid staff from Australia, Cambodia, Senegal, UK and the US recently returned from the 69th World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland. Here the team reflect on influencing health ministers to prioritise water, sanitation and hygiene in their pursuit of health for all. Here are seven things we learned.

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  • Flush and forget? India's sanitation crisis

    A toilet in Safeda Basti slum, Delhi, India.
    Posted 7 Apr 2016 by Neeraj Jain

    Every day in India, almost 40 billion litres of sewage are created, with a tiny fraction being adequately treated. Neeraj Jain, CEO of WaterAid India, spoke at TEDxWalledCity to call for action on the country’s sanitation crisis and put its poorest and most marginalised people first.

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  • The power of touch and the lingering cruelty of Ebola

    A cemetery in Waterloo, east of Freetown, Sierra Leone, taken in November 2015.
    Posted 4 Jan 2016 by Margaret Batty

    The Ebola epidemic is almost history, but its legacy and lessons will reverberate for years. Margaret Batty, WaterAid’s Director of Global Policy and Campaigns, describes her experience of Ebola-scarred West Africa and some of the headlines that haven’t made the news.

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  • A New Year's wish for WASH and maternal health

    Dr Hipholiti Masawe (centre) performs a cesarean section on 22 year old Zena Ali, after the baby was suffering fetal distress. To his left is Auxiliary Nurse Magreth Seth and to the left of the picture, Assistant Nurse Grace Seth. Kiomboi Hospital, Iramba, Tanzania.
    Posted 23 Dec 2015 by Kate Norgrove

    At the Global Maternal Newborn Health Conference, 'integration' was a key concept under discussion. But what does integration look like in practice? WaterAid's Global Head of Campaigns, Kate Norgrove, shares her perspective on the intersection between WASH and maternal and newborn health.

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  • Why water, sanitation and hygiene belong in the approach to HIV

    Community members getting clean water in Mambwe village, Zambia.
    Posted 1 Dec 2015 by Percy Ngwerume and Mafupu Esther Mokoena

    As we observe this World AIDS Day 2015, it is our conviction that ending AIDS by 2030 is achievable, with the right tools and practice. Percy Ngwerume, Senior Programme Officer, SAfAIDS and Mafupu Esther Mokoena, Team Leader, WaterAid Lesotho and Swaziland, discuss the importance of WASH in the push to end the epidemic.

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