The Facility Evaluation Tool for WASH in Institutions (FACET) – EAWAG
Institutional water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in schools and health care facilities are key elements of sustainable development and significantly influence people’s health and well-being worldwide.
The Facility Evaluation Tool for WASH in Institutions (FACET), jointly developed by Terre des hommes, Eawag and CartONG with support from the UNICEF/WHO Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (JMP), is based on globally recognised indicators and is suitable across the continuum of humanitarian and development interventions.
A simple and adaptable analysis tool, FACET offers state-of-the-art online/offline mobile data collection on an open source platform.
It is an easy-to-use gender sensitive monitoring tool for WASH delivery services in health care facilities (FACET WIH) and schools (FACET WINS) and contains core and expanded version available for performing short as well as detailed assessments.
How to profit from biowaste. Phys.org, April 16, 2018.
ETH Zurich and Eawag researchers are developing a method to produce animal feed from biowaste products. This is one of 14 projects in the Engineering for Development programme funded by the Sawiris Foundation over the past decade and entering its next 5-year cycle.
The United Nations anticipates a world population growth of approximately one billion people in the coming decade. “With such an accelerated growth in human population, how do we manage large amounts of waste, especially in urban areas of developing countries that suffer from poor public and environmental health?” asks Moritz Gold, doctoral student in the group of ETH Zurich professor Alexander Mathys.
Gold’s interests lie in novel systems for waste management and using waste as a sustainable resource for urban development. In his research, he focuses on the use of biowaste as a raw material for propagating the Black Soldier fly (Hermetia illucens). The larvae of the fly not only breaks down waste material into compost, but can also be used as an animal feed.
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Dried black soldier fly larvae are a raw material for animal feed production. Credit: Eawag
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What does an enabling environment look like for urban sanitation?
This week, Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) held a webinar to explore what an enabling environment for urban sanitation really looks like.
Despite its evident importance to achieving scale, the components of a well-functioning enabling environment for urban sanitation are weakly understood.
This webinar shared lessons from a 5-year programme – funded by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – which aimed to catalyse the market for on-site sanitation services in Bangladesh, Kenya and Zambia, through the development of flexible public-private arrangements.
Watch a recording of the webinar.
Toward a Hygienic Environment for Infants and Young Children: A Review
This United States Agency for International development (USAID) webinar to discusses findings from the recent report, “Toward a Hygienic Environment for Infants and Young Children: A Review of the Literature.”
USAID recently completed this review of the scientific and grey literature to capture the state of knowledge of the health risks to infants and young children from fecal exposure in their home environments, focusing on historically underemphasized sources and transmission pathways not disrupted by the traditional suite of WASH measures.
The review is complemented by an array of interviews with researchers and practitioners and includes two central findings: (1) domestic animal excreta may be a significant source of risk; and (2) direct ingestion of pathogens via eating feces, dirt (geophagy) and/or mouthing behaviors represent important paths of transmission. Technological and behavioral measures that reduce exposure to excreta in play spaces are of growing interest for the protection of infant and child health.
In this webinar, Julia Rosenbaum, along with Francis Ngure and Jeff Albert will present highlights from the desk review, share key lessons for implementers, and share the project’s next steps in this area.
Learn more about the literature review: http://www.tetratech.com/en/documents/toward-a-hygienic-environment-for-infants-and-young-children-a-review-of-the-literature
The Toilet Accelerator works with promising sanitation businesses for a duration of 12 months through a small business-large business mentorship programme model.
Since 2016, the corporate Accelerator has supported sanitation businesses and entrepreneurs serving low-income markets to help them overcome barriers to scale in order to bridge the gap of 2.4 billion people still lacking access to sanitation.
More than toilets alone, we are supporting commercially viable businesses at every point of the Sanitation Economy, including sanitation infrastructure, service providers, collection, treatment, transformation (up cycling of toilet resources – waste), digital and preventative healthcare.
USAID WASH REPORTS FROM THE DEVELOPMENT EXPERIENCE CLEARINGHOUSE
OPEN ACCESS REPORTS
OPEN ACCESS JOURNAL ARTICLES
JOURNAL ARTICLES – ABSTRACT/ORDER
The USAID Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Partnerships and Learning for Sustainability (WASHPaLS) project is holding a webinar to discuss the findings of Toward a Hygienic Environment for Infants and Young Children: A Review of the Literature. The presentation will share highlights from the desk review, key lessons for implementers, and the project’s next steps in this area.
This recently completed review of the scientific and grey literature to capture the state of knowledge of the health risks to infants and young children from fecal exposure in their home environments focuses on historically underemphasized sources and transmission pathways not disrupted by the traditional suite of WASH measures. Download the review
- Julia Rosenbaum, Senior Behavior Change Specialist, WASHPaLS Project
- Francis Ngure, Research Advisor, WASHPaLS Project
- Jeff Albert, Deputy Director, WASHPaLS Project