USAID WASH updates | Research on WASH impacts, health, water quality

Menstrual Health and Hygiene Management and WASH in Urban Slums: Gaps in the Evidence and Recommendations. wH2O: The Journal of Gender and Water: Vol. 7 , Article 1, 2020. Through a review of literature, this article seeks to highlight critical interlinkages between urbanization, sanitation, and menstruation, and identify important gaps in the existing menstruation-related evidence base


Expanding Access to Clean Water for the Rural Poor: Experimental Evidence from Malawi. Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health, March 2020.  Using data from an 18-month randomized trial in rural Malawi, we estimate large and sustained health impacts of a program that provides monthly coupons for free water treatment solution (diluted chlorine) to households with young children.

Drinking water quality from rural handpump-boreholes in Africa. Environmental Research Letters, February 2020. Results from this study strongly suggest that at a national and regional level, microbiological contamination rather than chemical contamination will provide a greater barrier to achieving targets set for improved drinking water quality under the UN-SDG 6.

Managing Water Quality in Intermittent Supply Systems: The Case of Mukono Town, Uganda. Water, March 2020. This study describes solutions for improving water quality in Mukono town in Uganda through a combination of water quality monitoring (e.g., identifying potential intrusion hotspots into the pipeline using field measurements) and interventions (e.g., booster chlorination).

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