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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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  • Making toilets sexy in India

    A dysfunctional toilet in a government girls’ school in Puri, Odisha.
    Posted 9 Nov 2016 by VK Madhavan

    Speaking at our recent Supporters' Day, Madhavan from WaterAid India described a nation of contrasts on the brink of change. With the potential for the right nudges to trigger huge changes, he is excited about the future. The following blog is an abridged version of his speech.

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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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