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The Nano Membrane Toilet – new funding and video

The Nano Membrane Toilet – new funding and video. Nano Membrane Toilet Blog, November 25, 2016. nano_membrane_toilet

Cranfield University’s Nano Membrane Toilet project has landed a major funding boost to secure the next phase of development of a novel and sustainable sanitation solution for the benefit of the huge number of people around the world who currently have no hope of being able to access a clean and affordable toilet in their home.

Dr Alison Parker, from the Cranfield Water Science Institute, said; “This is a great moment; the new funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will support our research teams in water, energy and design to tackle the considerable challenge of turning the laboratory prototype Nano Membrane Toilet into a product for the marketplace.”

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Google Maps will soon help people find clean toilets

Google Maps will soon help people find clean toilets. TechnoBuffalo, November 25, 2016.

Gotta go? Soon you might be able to quickly pull up Google Maps to find the nearest toilet. According to IBTimes, Google is working with India’s Ministry of Urban Development to kickstart a program that will add that feature in India. outhouse-630x475

The news outlet said Google is trialing the service in one specific region, NCR, between November 16 and November 30, but the government hopes to one day expand to the entire country. The goal is to provide residents with access to clean, healthy facilities likely in an effort to cut down on illnesses and disease that can spread from dirty bathrooms and other unsanitary places.

“People will first need to open Google Maps, and then search for toilets near them,” a source told IBTimes. “They can search for a variety of keywords, like ‘toilet’, ‘lavatory’, ‘swach’, ‘swachhata’, ‘shulabh’ or ‘shauchalay’, and Google will point them to the nearest toilets.”

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New WHO estimates on stunting; Dec 2016 WASH studies

UNICEF-WHO-The World Bank Group: Joint child malnutrition estimates – levels and trends: Key findings of the 2016 edition. WHO; UNICEF. In September 2016 the inter-agency team released new joint estimates of child stunting, overweight, underweight, wasting and severe wasting.

Trop Med Intl Health – Dec 2016

Is pregnancy a teachable moment to promote handwashing with soap among primiparous women in rural Bangladesh? Follow-up of a randomised controlled trial (Abstract/order)

Potential sources of bias in the use of Escherichia coli to measure waterborne diarrhoea risk in low-income settings(Abstract/order)

Rapid dipstick detection of Vibrio cholerae in household stored and municipal water in Dhaka, Bangladesh: CHoBI7 trial (Abstract/order)

Environmental Health Perspectives – December 2016

Salting the Earth: The Environmental Impact of Oil and Gas Wastewater Spills

Am Jnl Trop Med Hyg – Nov 2016

Effectiveness of Membrane Filtration to Improve Drinking Water: A Quasi-Experimental Study from Rural Southern India (Full text)

Early Childhood Diarrhea Predicts Cognitive Delays in Later Childhood Independently of Malnutrition(Abstract/order)

Herd Protection from Drinking Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Interventions (Abstract/order)

Improved Sanitation Facilities are Associated with Higher Body Mass Index and Higher Hemoglobin Concentration Among Rural Cambodian Women in the First Trimester of Pregnancy (Abstract/order)

Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13(12)

Assessment of Macro-Level Socioeconomic Factors That Impact Waterborne Diseases: The Case of Jordan (Full text)

An Annotated Bibliography on Shared Sanitation – November 28, 2016

An Annotated Bibliography of 2015 and 2016 Studies and Reports on Shared Sanitation – November 28, 2016

 2016 Studies and Reports

1 – Shared sanitation: to include or to exclude? Trans Roy Soc Trop Med & Hygiene, May 2016. Duncan Mara.  (Abstract/order)
Recent research has shown that neighbor-shared toilets perform much better than large communal toilets. The successful development of community-designed, built and managed sanitation-and-water blocks in very poor urban areas in India should be adapted and adopted throughout urban slums in developing countries, with a caretaker employed to keep the facilities clean. Such shared sanitation should be classified as ‘basic’, sometimes as ‘safely-managed’, sanitation, so contributing to the achievement of the sanitation target of the Sustainable Development Goals.

2 – Can behaviour change approaches improve the cleanliness and functionality of shared toilets? A randomised control trial in Dhaka, Bangladesh. WSUP, May 2016.
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This project demonstrated that a behavior change communication intervention built upon in-depth qualitative understanding of the perspective and constraints of local residents could improve toilet cleanliness, even in the setting of severe constraints: notably water shortages and the absence of fecal sludge management systems. The most important step towards improving environmental sanitation in Dhaka is to address the absence of any fecal sludge management system. To improve the quality and cleanliness of shared facilities, behavior change strategies targeting the central role that landlords and community managers play can be particularly effective. Future research might explore: 1) how compound managers and/or landlords can make improvements to toilet cleanliness without project-funded hardware; 2) how to leverage mass media approaches to reduce the cost of behavior change communication; 3) how the effectiveness of specific behavior change strategies varies by gender; and 4) further evaluations to assess the sustainability of these efforts to improve toilet cleanliness.

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USAID Announces Partnership with Toilet Board Coalition

USAID Announces Partnership with Toilet Board Coalition. Global Waters, November 2016.

Public-private partnerships have significant potential to accelerate progress toward the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals’ sanitation target. An exciting new Global Development Alliance between USAID and the Toilet Board Coalition promises to strengthen efforts to reach the 2.4 billion worldwide still without adequate sanitation. 

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A roadside toilet in the desert in Tunisia. According to the World Bank, 92 percent of Tunisians now have access to improved sanitation facilities, compared to just 73 percent in 1990. Photo Credit: Dennis Keller

To fuel continued global sanitation improvements and generate sustainable livelihood opportunities, USAID is proud to announce a three-year Global Development Alliance with the Toilet Board Coalition. Launched in 2014, the Toilet Board Coalition is a public-private partnership that brings together some of the world’s most dynamic companies, multilaterals, NGOs, and business minds. It serves as an accelerator to incubate and scale-up innovative technologies and services to help mitigate unmet need for improved sanitation across the developing world.

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RB, USAID and EY launch Hygiene Index on World Toilet Day

RB, USAID and EY launch Hygiene Index on World Toilet Day. Delhi Greens, November 23, 2016.

RB, a leading consumer health and hygiene company, in partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and EY have launched a highly innovative Hygiene Index program. hand-wash-sanitation-and-hygiene

The announcement was made at the Global Citizen Festival organised in Mumbai where millions of people gathered to support key global issues including hygiene and sanitation.

The initiative has been taken to support of the Government of India’s flagship sanitation initiative Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.

Complementing RB’s Banega Swachh India campaign, the Hygiene Index focuses on six sectors – water, solid waste, sewerage, toilet, health and behaviour change communication.

The Index will be calculated for more than 100 cities based on primary and secondary data collection and stakeholder consultations.

In the first phase, 10 cities including Pune, Nagpur, Bhubaneswar, NDMC, Varanasi, Vizag, and Udaipur —will be analysed by January 2017. Using the tool, the performance of the cities will be benchmarked and easily comparable, along with analysis of the best practices adopted.

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Senior Project Manager – Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA), SEI Africa Centre

Senior Project Manager – Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA), SEI Africa Centre

  • Duration: 3 years to Dec 2019 (6 months’ probation period); contract subject to extension by the funder in Oct 2017 based on satisfactory project performance
  • Salary range: Competitive salary and benefits package, commensurate with experience
  • Start date: February 2017
  • Location: Nairobi, Kenya
  • Application deadline: 4 December 2016
  • Apply here: https://www.sei-international.org/working-for-sei/3583

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About the position:

SEI’s Africa Centre seeks a Senior Project Manager during the 3-year period of support provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to further develop the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA), a global knowledge management platform (www.susana.org and www.forum.susana.org). The successful candidate will lead the consortium, report to the SEI Africa Centre Director for local operations and liaise with the SuSanA project team at SEI-Stockholm.