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.
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.
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.
As the Sanitation and Water for All High-level Meetings get underway, Barbara Frost, Chief Executive of WaterAid, sees an opportunity to change the course of history.
This International Transgender Day of Visibility, Connie Benjamin (Policy Team Volunteer – Sanitation & Gender) and Andrés Hueso (Senior Policy Analyst – Sanitation) share how schools and universities across the world are trying to protect their transgender students’ rights to go to the toilet.
In 2015, James Wicken, Country Director for WaterAid Cambodia, introduced us to HandyPods – the novel floating toilet technology that WaterAid partner Wetlands Work! was pioneering in lake-dwelling communities in Cambodia. Two years on, James and Irina Chakraborty from Wetlands Work! recalls the challenges the project presented, and the innovative solutions they inspired.
India's Swachh Bharat sanitation campaign has triggered many novel schemes aiming to improve the country's sanitation. Now, tech giant Google has joined the battle to clean up India's toilet habits, by mapping public toilets. Anil Cherukupalli, Media and Communications Manager at WaterAid India, put the app to the test.
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.
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.
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.