- Re: What is sanitation success? - by: Improvedavis May 2, 2016Dear FH Mughal & Markanday - thanks for your comments. I guess the good news is that several smart organizations are thinking about this previously less "popular" issue. Improve International has a more comprehensive report that I'm hoping we'll be able to make public soon that indeed touches on the fact that there are many different […]
- 28 May - Menstrual Hygiene Day - Campaign materials and Planning Guide available - by: inajurga May 2, 2016Hello friends and partners! Menstrual Hygiene Day is this month on 28 May. We hope you are as excited as we are! We have worked 24/7 to create the new campaign materials and updated the website, too! And finally, here are the UPDATES! It is easiest to go to www.menstrualhygieneday.org to find everything. Below a smaller extract: Menstruation matters to every […]
- Re: Is our approach to instituting sanitation programs broken? How efficient have the NGOs been so far? - by: JKMakowka May 2, 2016Some food for thought from my side: On the developmental side there are the "old fashioned" programs that support local/national government in setting up regulatory structures, build sewerage/septage treatment plants etc. There is nothing inherently wrong with those, but they suffer from all the same issue any programs that work with often mostly d […]
- How can I change the title of a thread that I started? Can the moderators change a thread title, too? - by: muench May 2, 2016The question sometimes arises regarding how the title of a thread can be changed? Such a change might become necessary to make the thread more precise, easier to understand or to modify it based on the direction of the discussion that is taking place in that thread. There are two options for this: Option 1: Changing a thread title for a thread that YOU start […]
- Re: Implementer's Guide to Lime Stabilization for Septage Management in the Philippines - by: dmrobbins10 May 2, 2016Dear Pawan, Thanks for your questions. First it is important to know that lime stabilization will not eliminate all of the pathogens, but certainly most of them. Also, it is more accurate to say that the process limits regrowth of bacteria, and not that there will be no regrowth. We don't want to over-sell the technology. It is a good question about the […]
- Re: What is sanitation success? - by: Improvedavis May 2, 2016
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- Webinar on the Partial Usage of Toilets- POSTPONED March 14, 2016This webinar is based on Norms, Knowledge and Usage the 7th edition of Frontiers of CLTS: Innovations and Insights. The webinar will question how serious the problem of partial usage of toilets is, why it occurs and what are the implications for policy, practice and research.petra
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Category Archives: Hygiene Promotion
Published on Feb 5, 2016
Video of Generation Nutrition about the link between WASH and Nutrition.
DriButts Enlists Diapers in the Global Fight Against Disease | Source: Leon Kaye, Triple Pundit, Feb. 19, 2016 |
The advancement of mobile technology in the developing world is an exciting trend, unless you consider one sobering statistic: Data out there suggest that more people worldwide have cell phones than access to toilets.
This lack of access to sanitation is rife in countries including India, where public defecation is an ongoing health problem. Plenty of reasons explain this disconnect between the rapid adoption of technology and the lack of what to many of us is a basic human right. The blame is put on poor education, poverty, the fact that many people do not have title to the land they occupy and the lack of infrastructure. The result is that the United Nations estimates that more than 1 billion people worldwide have no access to proper toilet facilities.
Easy access to toilets could save the lives of an estimated 200,000 children annually. But one problem is that, even where public toilets or latrines are available, many infants and toddlers are not properly diapered. Their feces end up contributing to the spread of diseases, which in part contributes to the estimated 1.8 billion people who are using a source of drinking water contaminated by human fecal matter. Now a social enterprise is trying to reverse that trend by selling goods that can help provide diapers for youngsters living in poor rural areas worldwide.
Demand for household sanitation: The case of India, 2016. UN ESCAP.
Worldwide, India has the highest number of people defecating in the open. In an attempt to reduce number of open defecation, a supply side initiative is underway. In 2014-2015, Government of India, constructed 8 million toilets. However, an important aspect for this supply-side initiative to become successful is to create demand for toilets.
In this paper we look at household demand for toilets, and study the factors leading to open defecation. Using Demographic and Health Survey data we create a wealth index, and use it to rank household preference for toilets vis-à-vis 20 other different consumer durables.
Our results suggest, among lists of household items that any individual want to have, toilets get a lower preference – ranked 12, out of 21. Additionally, we examine preference structure for using toilets among residents from various federal states in India. We find residents of North Eastern states are more likely to use toilets.
We further investigate factors leading to toilet usage among households. Results indicate a strong case for imparting education and public awareness, especially, among the female cohort.
February 18, 2016 Webinar, 9:00 a.m EST- WASHing away diseases: two hands at a time
Please join the Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing and the USAID/WASHplus project for a webinar discussing why water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) matter to neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), and addressing the need for new approaches for multi-sector initiatives to promote equity, poverty alleviation, health, and well-being.
Featuring speakers from WaterAid, Sightsavers, the FHI 360-led USAID/WASHplus project, and USAID, this webinar is an excellent opportunity for those working in both WASH and NTDs to learn about the global landscape of WASH/NTD strategy and glean practical insights from projects that are operating in this context.
This webinar will include brief presentations on:
- The link between WASH and NTDs
- How we can work together to achieve common goals through the World Health Organization’s Joint WASH-NTD strategy; and
- Integration in practice.About the speakers:
- Renuka Bery, MPH, Senior Program Manager for the USAID/WASHplus project, has an extensive background in WASH integration.
- Sophie Boisson, PhD, Technical Officer for Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Health at the World Health Organization.
- Edouard Tianhoun, RN, MSc, WASH-NTD Coordinator for the USAID/WASHplus Burkina Faso pilot project, has been in involved in WASH programs in his native Burkina Faso since 2011.
- Yael Velleman, MSc, Senior Policy Analyst on Health and Sanitation, leads WaterAid’s strategy, advocacy, and research agenda on health.
- Merri Weinger, MPH, Senior Environmental Health Advisor at USAID’s Bureau for Global Health, has over 30 years of experience in health programs at USAID, WHO, and PAHO.
- Geordie Woods, MPH, Technical Adviser-NTDs at Sightsavers, specializes in health behavior and strategic communication with a technical focus that includes NTDs and WASH.