Recent sanitation research

Research Updates

Disease Control Priorities: Diarrheal DiseasesUniversity of Washington, Dept. of Global Health, 2016. Diarrheal diseases remain good indicators of the stage of development of communities in low and middle income families because of the impact of the determinants of diarrheal morbidity and mortality, which include safe drinking water and sanitation.

Should Public Toilets Be Part of Urban Sanitation Solutions for Poor Families Living in Slums? Emory University Center for Global Safe WASH, 2016. This policy note recommends that in order to protect the public health of families living in urban slums, the government of Ghana should reform its current policies regarding public toilets.

Domestic Resource Mobilization in UgandaPublic Finance for WASH, 2016. Efforts to increase domestic resource mobilization for WASH are underway in Uganda, potentially unlocking new sources of revenue that could be channeled into improving WASH services.

The Power of Integration to Multiply Development Impact: A Learning BriefUSAID WASHplus Project, 2016. Under the USAID-funded WASHplus project, integration was a strategic approach to attain desired health and development outcomes and combined WASH with nutrition, education, HIV, and neglected tropical diseases programs.

Village Sanitation and Child Health: Effects and External Validity in a Randomized Field Experiment in Rural IndiaJournal of Health Economics, April 2016. This study of a village sanitation intervention was conducted in rural Maharashtra, India and was designed to identify the effect of village sanitation on average child height.

Topic of the Week – Container-Based Sanitation

Container-Based Sanitation: Assessing Costs and Effectiveness of Excreta Management in Cap Haitien, HaitiEnvironment and Urbanization, April 2015. Container-based sanitation (CBS) – in which wastes are captured in sealable containers that are then transported to treatment facilities – is an alternative sanitation option in urban areas where on-site sanitation and sewerage are infeasible.

User Perceptions of and Willingness to Pay for Household Container-Based Sanitation (CBS) Services: Experience from Cap Haitien, HaitiEnvironment and Urbanization, October 2015. This study presents the results of a pilot CBS service program in Cap Haitien, Haiti. One hundred and eighteen households were randomly selected to receive toilets and a twice-weekly collection service.

Addressing Sanitation Services in Dense Urban Slums: A Container-Based Model.Stanford University, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, 2015. Findings indicate that Container-Based Sanitation can dramatically improve management of waste in otherwise hard-to-serve areas of developing countries while satisfying residents’ desire for safe, convenient, and modern sanitation services.

Webinar: Container-Based Sanitation Solutions. Stanford University, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, April 2016. On March 17, 2016 the Water Health and Development Program hosted a webinar discussing Container-Based Sanitation Solutions.

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