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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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  • Happy World Health Day, or 'What we learned at the GLE'

    L-R Arundati Muralidharan, Natasha Mwenda, Channa Sam Ol and Upama Adhikari Tamang at the Global Learning Event in Nepal.
    Posted 6 Apr 2017 by Upama Adhikari Tamang

    To mark World Health Day, Upama Adhikari Tamang, Health and Advocacy Officer at WaterAid Nepal, shares six reflections from the recent Global Learning Event (GLE) on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in healthcare facilities.

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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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  • 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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  • WaterAid and knowledge management: admitting success

    Learning hub portrait
    Posted 17 Oct 2016 by Aditi Chandak, Pete Cranston

    Guest author Pete Cranston and Aditi Chandak, WaterAid’s Learning and Knowledge Advisor, explain how we created positive conversations when reviewing our practice around learning and knowledge management.

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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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  • Beyond hardware: how a portable sink can inspire behaviour change

    Children using the Happy Tap at school.
    Posted 28 Jun 2016 by Geoff Revell at WaterSHED

    Despite having a cheap and simple fix that could prevent millions of deaths, how to encourage handwashing has puzzled WASH sector experts for years. The rate of handwashing with soap after using the toilet is still estimated to be only 16%. So how do we get people to wash their hands? Geoff Revell, Program Director at WaterAid partner NGO WaterSHED, explains how development of the HappyTap sheds light on new ways to target behaviour.

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  • CLTS in urbanised areas: is it time to stop tweaking and start targeting?

    CLTS triggering in Ekiti state, Nigeria.
    Posted 9 Jun 2016 by Erin Flynn

    How effective is Community-led Total Sanitation? After more than a decade of implementation in Nigeria, new WaterAid research suggests it may be significantly more effective in rural communities than more urbanised settings. Erin Flynn, Research Manager, discusses the findings and their implications for future community sanitation projects.

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  • SACOSAN-VI – a marketplace for ideas

    Avinash Kumar and Neeraj Jain from WaterAid India at ECOSAN.
    Posted 25 Jan 2016 by Avinash Kumar

    Progress, challenges and diversity: Avinash Kumar, Director of Programmes and Policy at WaterAid India, rounds up the discussions and outcomes of the 6th South Asian Conference on Sanitation.

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  • SACOSAN-VI – a marketplace for ideas

    Posted 22 Jan 2016 by Avinash Kumar

    Progress, challenges and diversity: Avinash Kumar, Director of Programmes and Policy at WaterAid India, rounds up the discussions and outcomes of the 6th South Asian Conference on Sanitation.

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  • Handwashing and hygiene: measuring behaviour change

    Child washing hands.
    Posted 29 Oct 2015 by Om Prasad Gautam

    Handwashing with soap is a highly cost-effective public health intervention, but the questions of how to deliver successful behaviour change and how to monitor its effectiveness remain unanswered. WaterAid’s Technical Support Manager Om Prasad Gautam explores the issue.

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  • A bold new effort on neglected tropical diseases starts with water, sanitation and hygiene

    Children washing their hands at a tap.
    Posted 11 Sep 2015 by Margaret Batty

    Neglected tropical diseases affect the world’s poorest people, and cannot be treated and prevented effectively without safe water, sanitation and hygiene. Margaret Batty, WaterAid’s Director of Global Policy and Campaigns, discusses a new global strategy by the World Health Organization (WHO) which promises to incorporate these vital services to tackle such infections.

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