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  • Toilets for everyone: moving to gender-neutral bathrooms in our London office

    The gender neutral toilets at WaterAid UK
    Posted 16 Nov 2017 by Emma Downie, Priya Nath and Andrés Hueso

    Everyone, everywhere has the right to access safe and appropriate toilets. This year, as global awareness rose of issues people who don’t associate with simply male or female genders face when using public toilets, WaterAid decided to look close to home in ensuring everyone’s rights are met.

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  • WaterAid at COP 23: pushing water, sanitation and hygiene up the adaptation agenda

    Alzira, 60, WaterAid beneficiary waters her garden, Lulibaba, Laclolema, Suco Dato, Liquica district, Timor Leste, 2013.
    Posted 7 Nov 2017 by Stephanie Lyons

    This week WaterAid is at the 23rd UN climate conference (COP 23) – presided over by the Pacific island nation of Fiji but hosted on the banks of the Rhine river in Bonn, the home of the global climate change convention.

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  • Handwashing with soap: why should we care?

    Children washing their hands at school.
    Posted 13 Oct 2017 by Om Prasad Gautam

    Every year we celebrate Global Handwashing Day on 15 October with exciting, innovative activities across many countries. But why? And what role should handwashing play in the global development agenda? Om Prasad, Senior WASH Manager for Hygiene at WaterAid UK, explains.

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  • Delivering a global change project

    WaterAid staff in East Africa attending PMER training.
    Posted 13 Sep 2017 by Kate Ferguson

    Kate Ferguson, PMER Training and Capacity Development Manager, explains how WaterAid changed the face of its programming system to improve how we think about, manage and feed back on our work.

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  • Marketing and pride to improve sanitation in Nigeria

    Completion of marketing training with new marketing materials.
    Posted 7 Sep 2017 by Nneka Akwunwa

    What is it that motivates people most to improve their toilets and hygiene behaviours? Nneka Akwunwa, Sanitation Marketing Manager at WaterAid Nigeria, tells us what she’s learned about using creative marketing. 

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  • Recipe for success: how to end malnutrition

    Timara
    Posted 24 Aug 2017 by Sophie Durrans

    At current rates of progress we won’t end malnutrition by 2030. To do so, countries must integrate their nutrition and WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) plans. But to what extent are governments ensuring this kind of collaboration? Sophie Durrans of the SHARE Consortium and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine introduces our new analysis.

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  • How business can help end the global water and sanitation crisis

    Elizabeth and her children
    Posted 23 Aug 2017 by Ruth Romer

    Our report shows that collaboration between business and the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector could drive substantial progress towards reaching everyone, everywhere with taps and toilets by 2030. Ruth Romer, Private Sector Advisor at WaterAid, introduces the potential it found.

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  • Mineral rights to human rights: mobilising resources from the extractive industries in Ghana

    Women collecting water
    Posted 31 Jul 2017 by Abdul-Nashiru Mohammed, John Garrett

    A new report from WaterAid and Oxford Policy Management (OPM), Mineral rights to human rights shows the pressing need to channel more financial resources into Ghana’s water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector. Abdul-Nashiru Mohammed, Country Director at WaterAid Ghana, and John Garrett, WaterAid’s Senior Policy Analyst for Development Finance, explain the major challenge this represents for the Government and the country’s development partners.

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  • Sanitation and gender – looking beyond the binary

    Girls and boys uniform at Katapazi school in Zambia.
    Posted 25 Jul 2017 by Andrés Hueso, Mamata Dash and Priya Nath

    Research has shown that the issue of transgender and intersex access to sanitation is under-addressed in the water, sanitation and hygiene development sector. Andrés Hueso, Senior Policy Analyst for Sanitation at WaterAid, and Mamata Dash of WaterAid India, discuss the human rights issues at the heart of the matter, and what could be done.

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  • WaterAid at 40th WEDC Conference

    Girls celebrate the newly-built latrine at their schools in Kibuku District, Uganda, which was funded by H&M Foundation.
    Posted 20 Jul 2017 by Aditi Chandak

    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.

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  • Counting how many people have water, sanitation and hygiene

    A borehole that lasts for a lifetime
    Posted 13 Jul 2017 by Stuart Kempster

    New data from UNICEF/WHO estimate the percentage of the global population using at least a basic level of service for drinking water and sanitation to be 89% and 68%, respectively. Stuart Kempster, WaterAid’s Policy Analyst for Monitoring and Accountability, looks into what we can tell from the estimates.

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  • How can midwives be expected to deliver quality care without clean water?

    Midwife Daniel Paulo checks on a two-day-old baby in the labour ward of Kiomboi Hospital, Iramba, Tanzania, December.
    Posted 16 Jun 2017 by Dan Jones

    That’s the question we’ll be discussing from 18-22 June, when 4,000 of the world’s midwives and other health practitioners and policy-makers gather at the International Confederation of Midwives Congress in Toronto, Canada. Dan Jones, our Global Advocacy Coordinator, calls for action.

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  • Comprehensive programming for menstrual health in schools in India

    A teacher hands out sanitary pads at a school in Isidore, India.
    Posted 26 May 2017 by Arundati Muralidharan

    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.

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  • The beginning of the road: Swaziland convenes first joint sector review

    Posted 9 May 2017 by Ncamiso Mhlanga

    In September 2016, Swaziland’s water and sanitation sector assembled to discuss and review water, sanitation and hygiene issues through a joint sector review (JSR). Ncamiso Mhlanga, WaterAid’s Country Team Leader in Swaziland, reports back on the benefits of JSRs for the sector.

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  • Our heroes: two public health students take Healthy Start to Niger

    Halima, 22 years old (left.) and Amina 21 years old (right.)
    Posted 4 May 2017 by Moumouni Kimba Alfari

    Healthy Start is WaterAid’s campaign, in partnership with health professionals across the world, to ensure quality healthcare for all by 2030. Moumouni Kimba Alfari, Programme Manager for WaterAid Niger, describes how the campaign is gaining momentum in Niger.

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