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  • The HandyPod chronicles: Cambodia’s floating toilets two years on

    A floating community on Tonlé Sap Lake, Cambodia.
    Posted 16 Mar 2017 by James Wicken

    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.

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  • Finding toilets in India: Google to the rescue?

    A boy plays at an open defecation site in Safeda Basti, Delhi, India.
    Posted 15 Mar 2017 by Anil Cherukupalli

    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.

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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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  • 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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  • 2016: political distraction while the people lay in shit

    Woman walking for water in Mozambique
    Posted 13 Jan 2017 by Chilufya Chileshe

    Like in many regions, in 2016 Southern African headlines were dominated and distracted by political wrangling and scandal. Chilufya Chileshe, WaterAid’s Regional Advocacy Manager for Southern Africa, reflects on the consequences for water and sanitation, and what we can do differently in 2017, as the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights drafts guidelines for the right to water.

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  • Making shit happen: turning 'political will' into action

    Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General
    Posted 9 Dec 2016 by Andrés Hueso

    After decades urging decision-makers to display political will to deliver sanitation, we have started to see encouraging breakthroughs. But how can governments go beyond rhetorical political will and drive real progress? Andrés Hueso, Senior Policy Analyst for Sanitation at WaterAid, discusses.

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  • No more excuses: time to clear the path for people with disabilities

    A woman in a wheelchair.
    Posted 1 Dec 2016 by Dan Jones and Jane Wilbur

    On International Day of Persons with Disabilities, WaterAid’s Advocacy Coordinator, Dan Jones, and Equality, Inclusion and Rights Advisor, Jane Wilbur, reflect that it’s time to get real about ‘leaving no-one behind’.

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  • Addressing the urban sanitation crisis: time for a radical shift

    Mobile desludging tank being wheeled out of an alley in the city of Hanoi, Vietnam.
    Posted 22 Nov 2016 by Andrés Hueso

    A successful city is economically and culturally vibrant, healthy, safe, clean and attractive to business and tourism, and provides quality of life to its citizens. This vision is appealing but remains hard to realize as developing cities have to cope with changing demographics and climate with limited financial and human resources. The sustainable development goals have given a new impetus for cities to be inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable (SDG11), ensure citizens’ health and wellbeing (SDG3) and secure access to sustainable water and sanitation services (SDG6).

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  • The sanitation sector: plenty of passion, so what's missing?

    Poor sanitation in Ifelodum, Lagos, Nigeria.
    Posted 18 Nov 2016 by Ada Oko-Williams

    A year after the UN sealed a commitment to achieve universal access to sanitation into the Sustainable Development Goals, WaterAid UK’s Ada Oko-Williams reflects on what the sector needs to change to make this reality.

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