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  • 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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  • Back to school WASH: where is the missing link?

    "We don’t have water in school so I only drink water before and after school.” Bienvenu, 5, from Miarinarivo village, Madagascar.
    Posted 6 Sep 2016 by Om Prasad Gautam and Ada Oko-Williams

    September is synonymous with a return to the classroom. As children across the world go back to school, WaterAid UK discusses what has been lacking in our approach to ensuring access to water, sanitation and hygiene in schools, and how we can make a bigger impact.

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  • Count Me In: partnering with the arts to get the message out about inclusive WASH

    A still from the Count Me In films.
    Posted 15 Jul 2016 by James Wicken

    As WaterAid releases a new set of films on inclusive water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in Cambodia, James Wicken, Country Director of WaterAid Cambodia, looks at how – by asking ourselves the question, ‘How do you make yet another set of national guidelines interesting?’ – we’ve ended up with a rewarding partnership full of energy and potential.

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  • Beyond hardware: how a portable sink can inspire behaviour change

    Children using the Happy Tap at school.
    Posted 28 Jun 2016 by Geoff Revell at WaterSHED

    Despite having a cheap and simple fix that could prevent millions of deaths, how to encourage handwashing has puzzled WASH sector experts for years. The rate of handwashing with soap after using the toilet is still estimated to be only 16%. So how do we get people to wash their hands? Geoff Revell, Program Director at WaterAid partner NGO WaterSHED, explains how development of the HappyTap sheds light on new ways to target behaviour.

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  • Menstrual hygiene: rising up the global development agenda

    Girls collecting grass.
    Posted 1 Jun 2016 by Thérèse Mahon

    This Menstrual Hygiene Day was the biggest and loudest yet, bringing the issue and its impact on the lives of women and girls to audiences around the world. Thérèse Mahon, WaterAid’s Interim Head of Region for South Asia, explains our approach to promoting menstrual hygiene management and ensuring that all women and girls can manage their periods safely and with dignity.

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  • Beyond business as usual for handwashing

    Maria washes herself at the river near her home. Nicaragua, 2015.
    Posted 24 May 2016 by Om Prasad Gautam and Hanna Woodburn

    This April, WaterAid, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and the Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing co-sponsored the 2016 Annual Handwashing Think Tank. Om Prasad Gautam, WaterAid’s Technical Support Manager for Hygiene, and Hanna Woodburn, Secretariat Director at the Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing, present new thinking and the key topics discussed.

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  • When the dust clears: looking back, and forward, after the
    Nepal earthquakes

    WaterAid staff and local partners CIUD unload supplies in Nala, Nepal.
    Posted 25 Apr 2016 by Rémi Kaupp

    The earthquakes that struck Nepal in April and May 2015 affected WaterAid’s work in many ways. Staff lost their houses, projects were disrupted, new partnerships were established, and we quickly provided emergency relief in exceptional circumstances. Rémi Kaupp, WaterAid UK’s Disasters Specialist, reflects on the work done, the lessons learned, and the part we can play in Nepal’s recovery.

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  • Post-earthquake Nepal: rebuilding WASH facilities, rebuilding a nation

    A woman walks through rubble where houses stood.
    Posted 2 Feb 2016 by Pragya Lamsal

    Nine months since the first of two devastating earthquakes hit Nepal, Pragya Lamsal, Communications Officer at WaterAid Nepal, assesses the progress of WASH facilities being rebuilt in affected areas and why this is an important opportunity to ‘build back better’.

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  • Handwashing and hygiene: measuring behaviour change

    Posted 29 Oct 2015 by Om Prasad Gautam

    Handwashing with soap is a highly cost-effective public health intervention, but the questions of how to deliver successful behaviour change and how to monitor its effectiveness remain unanswered. WaterAid’s Technical Support Manager Om Prasad Gautam explores the issue.

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  • Washing our hands of poverty

    François, 71 years old, and Ranary, 35, from Ampilanonana village supporting Global Goal six 'Clean water and sanitation', Madagascar.
    Posted 22 Sep 2015 by Apollos Nwafor

    WaterAid’s Regional Advocacy Manager, Apollos Nwafor, is at the Sustainable Development Summit to witness the formal adoption of the Global Goals and champion Global Goal 6 on water and sanitation. He contemplates the challenges ahead in ensuring the goals are implemented and monitored effectively.

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