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  • Eliminating blinding trachoma through focus on gender and WASH

    A boy having his face washed. Clean hands, clean faces free of mucus, and clean homesteads eliminate trachoma.
    Posted 14 Feb 2017 by James Kiyimba

    Trachoma is the most common cause of preventable blindness, damaging the lives of millions of the world’s poorest people, and disproportionately affecting women. James Kiyimba of WaterAid Uganda looks at the gender perspective of the disease, and WaterAid’s role in the race to eliminate trachoma by 2020.

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  • Happy second anniversary Healthy Start

    Gastenen Muotcha (left), the Clinical Officer at Linyangwa Health Centre in Kasungu, Malawi, with his colleagues.
    Posted 9 Feb 2017 by Dan Jones

    WaterAid’s global advocacy priority, Healthy Start, aims to improve newborn and child health by integrating water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) into health policy and practice. Dan Jones, WaterAid’s Advocacy Coordinator, reflects on our progress so far.

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  • Catalysing WASH and nutrition experts to work together

    Women and children during the education session at a rural health centre.
    Posted 8 Feb 2017 by Channa Sam Ol

    Cambodia has made great strides in decreasing poverty and growing its economy, but how can we ensure undernutrition is reduced so its children can grow and develop? Channa Sam Ol, WASH and Health Program Manager for WaterAid Cambodia, discusses the context in which the WASH and Nutrition Working Group was seeded.

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  • No longer business as usual: Deliver Life project

    A baby is weighed at Linyangwa Health Centre, Kasungu, Malawi, September 2016.
    Posted 7 Feb 2017 by Abigail Nyaka

    In Malawi pregnant women face one of the world’s highest maternal mortality rates. Abigail Nyaka, Programme Officer for Soapbox at WaterAid Malawi, describes the context of Deliver Life – WaterAid’s project to bridge the gap between government efforts and improved maternal and newborn health with improved access to water, sanitation and hygiene.

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  • Six steps towards clean healthcare settings in Cambodia

    A midwife washing her hands at a clinic in rural Cambodia.
    Posted 21 Oct 2016 by Channa Sam Ol

    Channa Sam Ol, WASH and Health Program Manager for WaterAid Cambodia, describes how the team is working to put water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) at the centre of improvements to healthcare facilities.

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  • Global Handwashing Day in the sustainable development era

    A student washes their hands at Salaga High School, Ghana.
    Posted 14 Oct 2016 by Om Prasad Gautam

    Om Prasad Gautam, Technical Support Manager for Hygiene at WaterAid UK, discusses what has and hasn’t worked so far in behaviour change around handwashing, and where focus should be applied.

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  • Working to put clean water at the heart of health care

    Mary Mwape, Lubwe Mission Hospital, Zambia.
    Posted 12 Oct 2016 by Kate Norgrove

    For Global Handwashing Day, 15 October, Kate Norgrove, WaterAid’s Global Head of Campaigns, describes her experience of giving birth and why she is passionate about Healthy Start – our new campaign with health professionals for quality health care for all by 2030. 

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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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