Recent WASH research

Community Based Problem Solving on Water Issues: Cross-Border “Priority Initiatives” of the Good Water Neighbors (GWN) ProjectEcoPeace, November 2016. This publication describes the 2016 efforts of EcoPeace’s GWN project team to identify environmental challenges and provide feasible solutions for “Priority Initiatives” in participating communities in Palestine, Jordan, and Israel.

A Long Way to Go—Estimates of Combined Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Coverage for 25 Sub-Saharan African CountriesPLoS One, February 2017. The authors state that estimates in this study help to quantify the scale of progress required to achieve universal water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) access as envisaged under the water and sanitation Sustainable Development Goal (SDG). Monitoring and reporting changes in the proportion of the national population with access to WASH may be useful in focusing WASH policy and investments toward the areas of greatest need.

Recycling and Reuse of Treated Wastewater in Urban India: A Proposed Advisory and Guidance DocumentWater and Sanitation ProgramInternational Water Management Institute, 2016. This document on wastewater recycling and reuse in urban India focuses on identifying the economic benefits of wastewater recycling from the perspective of public spending. The note also provides supporting information on the evolution and current practices of wastewater recycling internationally.

Participatory Science and Innovation for Improved Sanitation and Hygiene: Process and Outcome Evaluation of Project SHINE, a School-Based Intervention in Rural TanzaniaBMC Public Health, February 2017. The Project SHINE model shows promise as an innovative capacity-building approach and for engagement and empowerment of youth and communities to develop locally sustainable strategies to improve sanitation and hygiene.

Business Models for Fecal Sludge ManagementInternational Water Management Institute, 2016. Based on the analysis of more than 40 fecal sludge management (FSM) cases from Asia, Africa, and Latin America, this report shows opportunities as well as bottlenecks that FSM is facing from an institutional and entrepreneurial perspective.

Chickens Don’t Use Toilets: Why Managing Animal Feces Helps Children Grow TallerWorld Bank Water Blog, February 2017. The authors recommend that the predominant WASH focus on reducing exposure to human feces needs updating by including animal feces.

Nonrandomized Trial of Feasibility and Acceptability of Strategies for Promotion of Soapy Water as a Handwashing Agent in Rural BangladeshAmerican Journal of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene, February 2017. Soapy water may increase habitual handwashing by addressing barriers of cost and availability of handwashing agents near water sources. Further research should inform optimal strategies to scale-up soapy water as a handwashing agent to study health impact.

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