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Upama Adhikari Tamang and colleagues at the Global Learning Event in Nepal.Happy World Health Day, or 'What we learned at the GLE'
06 April 2017 | 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.

A boy having his face washed. Clean hands, clean faces free of mucus, and clean homesteads eliminate trachoma.  Eliminating blinding trachoma through focus on gender and WASH
16 February 2017 | 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.

Gastenen Muotcha (left), the Clinical Officer at Linyangwa Health Centre in Kasungu, Malawi, with his colleagues. Happy second anniversary Healthy Start
9 February 2017 | 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.

Women and children during the education session at a rural health centre.Catalysing WASH and nutrition experts to work together
8 February 2017 | 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.

A baby is weighed at Linyangwa Health Centre, Kasungu, Malawi, September 2016.No longer business as usual – Deliver Life project
7 February 2017 | Abigail Nyaka

In Malawi pregnant women face one of the world’s highest maternal mortality rates. Abigail Nyaka, Programme Officer for Soapbox at WaterAid Malawi, describes the context of Deliver Life – WaterAid’s project to bridge the gap between government efforts and improved maternal and newborn health with improved access to water, sanitation and hygiene.

A midwife washing her hands at a clinic in rural Cambodia.

Six steps towards clean health-care settings in Cambodia
21 Oct 2016 | 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 health-care facilities.

Mary Mwape, Lubwe Mission Hospital, Zambia.

Working to put clean water at the heart of health care
12 Oct 2016 | Kate Norgrove

For Global Handwashing Day, 15 October, Kate Norgrove, WaterAid’s Global Head of Campaigns, describes her experience of giving birth and why she is passionate about Healthy Start – our new campaign with health professionals for quality health care for all by 2030.

Selalossie's mother gives her children dirty water to drink at their home in Madagascar.

The missing ingredients
4 Aug 2016 | Megan Wilson-Jones

WaterAid and SHARE launch a report today highlighting the degree to which national nutrition and WASH plans and policies are coordinated and integrated to end malnutrition. As world leaders gather in Brazil for the Nutrition for Growth event organised by the Olympic host nation to discuss progress in ending malnutrition, Megan Wilson-Jones, Policy Analyst for Health and Hygiene at WaterAid UK, discusses the study’s main findings.

Arsenal, 8, stands in front of a toilet donated to his school in Madagascar.

Without toilets we won't end malnutrition
14 Jun 2016 | Dan Jones

The new Global Goals commit UN member countries to ending malnutrition and achieving universal access to water and sanitation by 2030. As the 2016 Global Nutrition Report launches, WaterAid’s advocacy coordinator Dan Jones reflects on the urgent need for concerted action.

Channa Sam Ol (WaterAid Cambodia), Dr Lo Veasnakiry (Cambodia Ministry of Health) and Alison Macintyre (WaterAid Australia).

Seven things we learned from the World Health Assembly
10 Jun 2016 | Dan Jones

A delegation of WaterAid staff from Australia, Cambodia, Senegal, UK and the US recently returned from the 69th World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland. Here, the team reflect on influencing health ministers to prioritise water, sanitation and hygiene in their pursuit of health for all.

A cemetery in Waterloo, east of Freetown, Sierra Leone, taken in November 2015.

The power of touch and the lingering cruelty of Ebola
4 Jan 2016 | 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.

Dr Hipholiti Masawe (centre) performs a cesarean section on 22 year old Zena Ali, after the baby was suffering fetal distress. To his left is Auxiliary Nurse Magreth Seth and to the left of the picture, Assistant Nurse Grace Seth. Kiomboi Hospital, Iramba, Tanzania.

A New Year's wish for WASH and maternal health
23 Dec 2015 | Kate Norgrove

At the Global Maternal Newborn Health Conference, 'integration' was a key concept under discussion. But what does integration look like in practice? WaterAid's Global Head of Campaigns, Kate Norgrove, shares her perspective on the intersection between WASH and maternal and newborn health.

Balkumari Karki, 11, filing water pot from the open water source. Sajbote Siruwani, Hardeni VDC, Udayapur, Nepal, Sep 2014

When the food we give our children could kill them
7 Apr 2015 | Om Prasad Gautam

This World Health Day, Om Prasad Gautam, WaterAid’s Technical Support Manager for Hygiene, highlights the vital importance of safe water, sanitation and hygiene in food safety.

Registered Nurse Esther Mongi examines 19-year-old Rose Vincent, 9-months pregnant with her first child. Mlali Health Centre, Mlali Village, Mvomeru Disctrict, Morogoro, Tanzania - August 2014

It’s time all babies had a Healthy Start
17 Mar 2014 | Fleur Anderson

Fleur Anderson, WaterAid’s Global Head of Campaigns, explains why safe water, toilets and good hygiene are a matter of life or death for newborn babies in the world’s poorest communities. She outlines what can and must be done to stop more lives being lost in those first crucial moments.

A guinea worm is extracted from the ankle of its victim in rural Ghana.

Cholera’s lessons must not be rejected
12 Dec 2014 | Dr Afia Zakiya and Dr Chaka Uzondu

Dr Afia Zakiya and Dr Chaka Uzondu from WaterAid Ghana discuss the importance of water, sanitation and hygiene in the prevention and treatment of cholera and achieving the goal of universal health coverage.

Health worker Isattu Jalloh, checks the pregnancy of 28 year old Iye Tucker, at the health post in the village of Vaama, Sierra Leone, May 2013.

Celebrating Universal Health Coverage Day
1 Dec 2014 | Apollos Nwafor

WaterAid’s Regional Advocacy Manager for West Africa Apollos Nwafor celebrates the first Universal Health Coverage Day and argues that ensuring good health for all requires more than just providing services.

Karat clinic in Konso, Ethiopia where doctors practice daily without access to clean water.

Making WASH count
14 Nov 2014 | Ross Bailey

WaterAid UK’s Campaigns Officer Ross Bailey introduces our new briefing paper on the link between WASH and health, and discusses why the health sector must address water, sanitation and hygiene in the Sustainable Development Goals.

Suliaman Amara collects dirty water as boys bathe in the Wanjai River in the village of Vaama, Sierra Leone.

Stopping the next Ebola before it starts
31 Oct 2014 | Mariame Dem

Of the hundreds of millions of dollars that will be spent battling Ebola, little to none of it will go into lasting infrastructure or ensuring effective systems are in place for next time. Nations must be supported to build up their health, water and sanitation sectors, so they might have a fighting chance at managing their next crisis.


New advice forum responds to Ebola crisis
22 October 2014

A group of organisations including the Global WASH Cluster (GWC) and Médecins Sans Frontières is using a new online question and answer forum to answer technical questions as part of the global response to the Ebola crisis.

Boy from Madagascar washing face in clean water

Making the link between toilets, hygiene and health
13 October 2014 | Yael Velleman

Yael Velleman, WaterAid UK’s Senior Policy Analyst, reports back on a meeting of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust Trachoma Initiative, where the links between sanitation, hygiene and health were used to design a plan for eliminating blinding trachoma in Malawi.