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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
‘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.
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.
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.