Babar Kabir. Photo: BRAC
The former senior director of BRAC’s disaster management and climate change (DMCC) and water sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programmes, Dr Babar Kabir, died on 15 January 2015. Under his leadership more than 37 million people in Bangladesh were provided with hygienic sanitation and another two million with access to safe water through the BRAC WASH Programme.
IRC has been a knowledge partner of BRAC WASH since 2006. Thanks to Dr. Kabir, BRAC supported IRC’s contributions to Sanitation Updates from 2012-2015.
In 2013, Dr. Kabir gave this short video interview about the BRAC WASH programme for WaterCouchTV.
In 2014, Dr. Kabir left BRAC. He recently became Bangladesh Country Director for Water.org
Babar Kabir is survived by his wife and two daughters.
For more information read the obituaries on the websites of BRAC and IRC.
On Sunday 10th January 2016, the CLTS Knowledge Hub at IDS, UNICEF and WSSCC are co-convening a CLTS Sharing and Learning Workshop as part of the SACOSAN VI Conference in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
The free event will be an opportunity to gather with others engaged and interested in CLTS, share experiences, challenges, innovations and challenges from the region and beyond, and discuss any issues that you might bring to the table.
The agenda will be based on the interests and contributions of participants (please use the registration form to clearly state your priority areas) as well as recent research, learning and innovations, particularly in the areas of sustainability, equity and other 2nd/3rd generation challenges.
Time: 9.00-16.30 (includes refreshments and lunch.)
Venue: Surma Room, Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel Dhaka, 107 Kazi Nazrul Islam Avenue, Dhaka 1215, Bangladesh
Please register by completing this registration form and returning it to J.Myers2@ids.ac.uk, preferably before the 23December 2015. Registered participants will receive information about how to prepare and what to bring.
You can also download a flyer with information about this event.
VIA Water is organising a webinar on faecal sludge on 15 December 2015 at 14:00 hours CET (UCT +1).
In this webinar you will be able to discuss any issue you might have run into during your work on this topic, and ask VIA Water expert Jan Spit any question you might have. Jan will also kick off by sharing some of his insights. For more information about his background, visit his website.
Check out Jan’s invitation in the short clip below. On the 15th, you will be able to access the webinar through this link: http://bbb.ihe.nl/demo/create.jsp?action=invite&meetingID=VIA+Water+Webinar%27s+meeting
About Via Water
Via Water is a knowledge platform on water and develolpment funded by the Dutch government. It supports projects with innovative solutions for water problems facing cities in seven African countries: Benin, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Rwanda and South Sudan. To learn more go to: www.viawater.nl/about-via-water
Photo: Cornell University
A trial is underway in Zimbabwe to measure the independent and combined effects of improved sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and improved infant diet on stunting and anemia among children 0-18 months old [Cornell University CENTIR Group blog].
The Sanitation, Hygiene and Infant Nutrition Efficacy (SHINE) Trial is led by the Zvitambo Institute for Maternal and Child Health Research in Harare, Zimbabwe in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Child Care/Government of Zimbabwe. Other contracted experts include Sandy Cairncross, Val Curtis and Peter Morgan.
The SHINE Trial is being undertaken in Chirumanzu and Shurugw, two districts with high HIV prevalence. Besides investigating the effects of sanitation and nutrition, SHINE will also test whether Environmental Enteric Dysfunction (EED)is a major cause of a major cause of child undernutrition. EED, also called environmental enteropathy, is a condition believed to be due to frequent intestinal infections.
SHINE is being being funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the UK Department for International Development (DFID). There are additional contributions from Wellcome Trust, National Institutes of Health, and the Swiss Development Cooperation.
A special open access supplement of Clinical Infectious Diseases is devoted to SHINE containing the following articles:
- The Sanitation Hygiene Infant Nutrition Efficacy (SHINE) Trial Team, doi:10.1093/cid/civ844
- Design of an Intervention to Minimize Ingestion of Fecal Microbes by Young Children in Rural Zimbabwe, doi:10.1093/cid/civ845
- The SHINE Trial Infant Feeding Intervention: Pilot Study of Effects on Maternal Learning and Infant Diet Quality in Rural Zimbabwe, doi:10.1093/cid/civ846
- Using Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Analysis Methods to Assess Household Water Access and Sanitation Coverage in the SHINE Trial, doi:10.1093/cid/civ847
- Assessment of Environmental Enteric Dysfunction in the SHINE Trial: Methods and Challenges, doi:10.1093/cid/civ848
- The Potential Role of Mycotoxins as a Contributor to Stunting in the SHINE Trial, doi:10.1093/cid/civ849
- Assessing the Intestinal Microbiota in the SHINE Trial, doi:10.1093/cid/civ850
- Assessing Maternal Capabilities in the SHINE Trial: Highlighting a Hidden Link in the Causal Pathway to Child Health, doi:10.1093/cid/civ851
- Theory-Driven Process Evaluation of the SHINE Trial Using a Program Impact Pathway Approach, doi:10.1093/cid/civ716
Posted in Africa, Research, Sanitation and Health
Tagged Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, DFID, environmental enteropathy, Nutrition, Sanitation, Hygiene and Infant Nutrition Efficacy (SHINE) Trial, WASH nutrition integration, Zimbabwe, Zvitambo Institute for Maternal and Child Health Research
How can mobile channels can support sanitation service delivery while building new engagement models with customers in underserved settings? A new report  by the GSMA Mobile for Development Utilities Programme reviews opportunities and case studies.
The report begins with an overview of global sanitation access in 2015 and the different approaches currently being used to improve access. This is followed by a review of the potential uses of mobile channels in the sanitation value chain including examples of current applications.