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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Mapping progress and ambition toward 2030

    UNGA sign
    Posted 27 Apr 2017 by Margaret Batty

    ‘What is the story that an organisation tells itself that isn’t true’? Margaret Batty, Director of Global Policy and Campaigns at WaterAid, celebrates progress since the UK House of Commons International Development Committee Report on Sanitation and Water published ten years ago.

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  • Moving from ‘why’ to ‘how’: integrating WASH and nutrition for improved child health

    A woman shows the crops she's grown in Antsirabe, Madagascar.
    Posted 3 Apr 2017 by Megan Wilson-Jones

    To meet the Sustainable Development Goals on nutrition and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) we will need better integration. To help maximise our impact on nutrition, WaterAid has produced new guidance on planning WASH programmes through a nutrition lens. Megan Wilson-Jones, Policy Analyst for Health and Hygiene, walks us through some of the guidance’s key tips for integration.

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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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  • Catalysing WASH and nutrition experts to work together

    Women and children during the education session at a rural health centre.
    Posted 8 Feb 2017 by Channa Sam Ol

    Cambodia has made great strides in decreasing poverty and growing its economy, but how can we ensure undernutrition is reduced so its children can grow and develop? Channa Sam Ol, WASH and Health Program Manager for WaterAid Cambodia, discusses the context in which the WASH and Nutrition Working Group was seeded.

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  • Highlighting water, sanitation and hygiene on Universal Health Coverage Day

    Vinod takes care of an open sewer in Patna, India.
    Posted 9 Dec 2016 by Ross Bailey

    Universal Health Coverage is an important goal, but what’s it got to do with water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)? Our Global Campaigns Manager Ross Bailey explains why WaterAid will be celebrating Universal Health Coverage Day on 12 December.

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  • Six steps towards clean healthcare settings in Cambodia

    A midwife washing her hands at a clinic in rural Cambodia.
    Posted 21 Oct 2016 by Channa Sam Ol

    Channa Sam Ol, WASH and Health Program Manager for WaterAid Cambodia, describes how the team is working to put water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) at the centre of improvements to healthcare facilities.

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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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