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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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  • Girl talk: water, sanitation and hygiene at Women Deliver

    Girls at school in Zambia.
    Posted 17 May 2016 by Margaret Batty

    As the world’s largest conference on the health, rights and wellbeing of women and girls gets underway in Copenhagen, Margaret Batty, Director of Global Policy and Advocacy at WaterAid UK discusses why water, sanitation and hygiene are – rightfully – at the top of the agenda.

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  • The power of touch and the lingering cruelty of Ebola

    A cemetery in Waterloo, east of Freetown, Sierra Leone, taken in November 2015.
    Posted 4 Jan 2016 by Margaret Batty

    The Ebola epidemic is almost history, but its legacy and lessons will reverberate for years. Margaret Batty, WaterAid’s Director of Global Policy and Campaigns, describes her experience of Ebola-scarred West Africa and some of the headlines that haven’t made the news.

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  • Global Handwashing Day: time to finish the job on Global Goal 6

    Twenty year old health and sanitation facilitator Sarita Nepali meets with local women to demonstrate hand washing techniques, Palate, Babai, Bardhya district, Nepal, January 2012.
    Posted 15 Oct 2015 by Margaret Batty

    Global representatives will soon be deciding on the indicators that will be used to measure the progress of the new Global Goals. This Global Handwashing Day, Margaret Batty, Director of Global Policy and Campaigns at WaterAid, discusses why handwashing should be be included among the indicators for Goal 6. 

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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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