Recent WASH research and news

USAID Reports

RESILIENCY IN NORTHERN GHANA (RING) QUARTERLY REPORT FY 2018 Q2 (January 1, 2018 – March 31, 2018). USAID, April 2018. To support improved sanitation in a sustainable manner, RING continued to promote the scale up of the Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) activity, triggering 106 new communities during the quarter and supporting 21 communities to reach open defecation free (ODF) status, bringing the cumulative number of ODF communities over the life of project (LOP) to 322, or 82% of the RING Project target.

CLIMATE CHANGE AND HEALTH IN MOZAMBIQUE IMPACTS ON DIARRHEAL DISEASE AND MALARIA. USAID, March 2018. The burden of diarrheal disease varies regionally within Mozambique: The northern and central regions exhibit strong seasonality of disease outbreaks. Disease burden is about 15 to 20 cases per 100 people per week.

Philippines – National Demographic and Health Survey 2017: Key Indicators. DHS, February 2018. Three-quarters of Filipino households (76%) use improved sanitation facilities (Table 3.1), which are defined as non-shared facilities that prevent people from coming into contact with human waste and thus reduce the transmission of cholera, typhoid, and other diseases.

Upcoming Events

Sustainable Water, Resilient Communities: The Challenge of Erratic Water – May 30, 2018, Winrock, Sustainable Water Partnership, USAID. In the fourth and final event of the “Sustainable Water, Resilient Communities” series, experts will discuss urban watersheds, transboundary water management, water-driven security risks, and the governance of water access and availability amid an increasingly uncertain future.

Regional Conference on Reducing Gender Inequalities in the WASH sector – On 18 and 19 June 2018, the regional conference on reducing gender inequalities in the WASH sector in West and Central Africa will take place in Dakar (Senegal).

Open Access Journal Articles

Who is being left behind? An analysis of improved drinking water and basic sanitation access in the Vietnamese Mekong Delta. Jnl WASH Dev., May 2018.

Indigenous plants for informal greywater treatment and reuse by some households in Ghana. Journal of Water Reuse and Desalination | in press | 2018.

What is the impact of water sanitation and hygiene in healthcare facilities on care seeking behaviour and patient satisfaction? A systematic review of the evidence from low-income and middle income countries. BMJ Global Health March 2018.

Open Access Reports/Webcasts

Aligning Institutions and Incentives for Sustainable Water Supply and Sanitation Services. World Bank, May 2018. New thinking that draws not only infrastructure economics but also on the understanding of political, behavioral, and institutional economics is needed.

Incentives for Improving Water Supply and Sanitation Service Delivery : A South American Perspective. World Bank, May 2018.

Promoting Development in Shared River Basins: Case Studies from International Experience. World Bank, 2018. This report presents six case studies of international experience on coordinated basin management in transboundary river basins.

May 17, 2018 – Vector-Borne and Water-Related Disease Workshop – Participants will get a broader understanding about the availability and accessibility of NASA EOS data to enhance the prediction and response to vector-borne and water-related disease

Journals – Abstracts/Order

The water diary method – proof-of-concept and policy implications for monitoring water use behaviour in rural Kenya. Water Policy, April 2018.

News Articles

Water shortages to be key environmental challenge of the century, Nasa warns. The Guardian, May 16.

20 Water-Stressed Countries Have Most Solar & Wind Potential. IPS News, May 11.



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