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World Toilet Day 2017: Q&A with USAID Sanitation Expert Jesse Shapiro

World Toilet Day 2017: Q&A with USAID Sanitation Expert Jesse Shapiro. Global Waters, November 15, 2017.

Jesse Shapiro is the Environmental Health Team Lead, Senior Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Advisor, and Sanitation Focal Point at USAID based in the Global Health Bureau.

Jesse Shapiro observes a life-size game of chutes and ladders, which illustrates the perils of poor sanitation and hygiene behaviors, on a field visit to an informal neighborhood in Delhi, India. Photo Credit: USAID

Jesse Shapiro observes a life-size game of chutes and ladders, which illustrates the perils of poor sanitation and hygiene behaviors, on a field visit to an informal neighborhood in Delhi, India. Photo Credit: USAID

He provides WASH technical support to USAID missions in Africa and South East Asia with a focus on new project development and an increased emphasis on sanitation programming. He has an MS in civil engineering and spent seven years in East Timor and the Marshall Islands working with governments on sanitation.

Sanitation is one the most basic human needs, and there is no end to its impact on people’s daily lives in preventing disease and preserving dignity.”

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World Toilet Day 2017 – Water Currents

World Toilet Day 2017 – Water Currents, November 13, 2017.

USAID and its partners work toward increasing access to safe and basic sanitation services and increasing treatment, recycling, and reuse of wastewater worldwide. In Fiscal Year 2016, USAID and its partners helped 2.9 million people gain access to basic sanitation—defined as a facility that separates people from their waste and is not shared with other households.

This issue of Water Currents contains links to WTD 2017 resources and events, as well as recent studies on a range of sanitation issues to help mark this important advocacy day.

World Toilet Day 2017 Resources 
The Official World Toilet Day website highlights the theme for WTD 2017, wastewater. The WTD website includes a factsheet, infographic, stories, and a video, Where does our poo go?

Sanitation Economy: The Commercial Case & Economics for the Biological CycleToilet Board Coalition, November 16, 2017. The Toilet Board Coalition is hosting a Google Hangout to mark the release of its new report, “Circular Economy Sanitation: Towards a Commercial Reality” for WTD 2017. A roundtable of experts will highlight and discuss business-led models to redesign sanitation.

State of Urban Water and Sanitation in IndiaUSAID, October 2017. Strengthening Water and Sanitation in Urban Settings of India is a three-year, USAID-funded collaboration with TERI University, Coca-Cola India, and TERI. The report provides a regional assessment of progress in urban sanitation, analyzes the sanitation landscape, discusses three years of Swachh Bharat Mission, gives an overview the sanitation service chain, and describes how to leverage corporate engagement.

Waste Stabilization PondsGlobal Water Pathogen Project, September 2017. Waste stabilization ponds consist of open basins that use natural processes to treat domestic wastewater, septage, and sludge, as well as animal or industrial wastes. One of their biggest advantages is that they are easy and inexpensive to operate and maintain.

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Taylor Swift Toilet Parody – “Look Where Some People Poo” – Global Citizen

Abstracts from WASH sessions at the ASTMH 2017 Conference

Below are links to abstracts of presentations from the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 2017 conference. There were also sessions on the WASH Benefits study and the SHINE trials but no abstracts are available for the sessions:

Scientists Identify Potential Risk Factors in Mysterious Epidemic of Deadly Kidney Disease in Central American Farm Workers – Farm workers in Central America who are involved in weed or pest control, encounter rodents regularly, or drink or wash their hands with drainage ditch water may be at greater risk of suffering a puzzling kidney disease that has killed more than 20,000 people in Central America, according to a presentation Monday at #TropMed17.

23 – Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Environmental Health I –

24 – Protozoa

53 – Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Environmental Health II

68 – Bacteriology: Trachoma


Global Handwashing Day – Water Currents

Global Handwashing Day – Water Currents, October 13, 2017

Global Handwashing Day is celebrated each year on October 15 to increase awareness and understanding around the importance of handwashing with soap as an easy, effective, and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives. USAID recognizes washing hands with soap at critical times as a vital step in curbing the spread of diarrhea and respiratory illness, and promoting healthy growth.

Photo credits: Morgana Wingard/USAID (left) and Be Secure/USAID (right)

Photo credits: Morgana Wingard/USAID (left) and Be Secure/USAID (right)

USAID works with vulnerable populations around the world who lack access to soap and water in the home and are often miles away from a safe and clean facility.

Join your soapy hands together to celebrate this year’s Global Handwashing Day theme, “Our Hands, Our Future.”

USAID handwashing efforts work toward a future where soap and water are accessible to every home and handwashing is a regular habit.

Interventions to Promote Handwashing and Sanitation Webinar. October 24, 2017. This Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) webinar will discuss the recent WSSCC/3ie systematic review, “Approaches to Promote Handwashing and Sanitation Behavior Change in Low and Middle Income Countries.”

Handwashing ResearchWater Currents, August 2017. This issue highlights recent handwashing studies including research in Bangladesh, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe, as well as studies on handwashing and infectious diseases, among other topics.

Read the complete issue.

Wastewater as a Resource Leaders Forum, 15 November 2017

As part of the IWA Water and Development Congress & Exhibition in Buenos Aires, there will be a special, invitation-only,  Leadership Forum on wastewater reuse:

Wastewater Management and Reuse to build Water Wise Cities: Innovative Solutions for Engagement, Planning and Investment, 15 November 2017

Co-organised with World Bank, CAF and IFC

The Forum will take place in three sessions that will lead to the development of a framework to be carried forward and presented at the World Water Forum in Brazil in 2018.

The three sessions are on:

  • The wastewater challenge and reuse opportunity
  • Unlocking barriers and enabling reuse and recovery – innovative solutions/cases
  • A vision and roadmap for wastewater management and reuse to 2030

Learn more and invitation


WSSCC Webinar: Handwashing and sanitation behaviour change in WASH interventions, 24 October

Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) would like to invite you to register to the online learning event: Handwashing and sanitation behaviour change in WASH interventions.

A webinar for WASH practitioners.

Learn about the most effective interventions to promote handwashing and sanitation.

Presented by Emmy De Buck, Manager and Lead Researcher, Centre for Evidence-Based Practice, (CEBaP), Belgian Red Cross-Flanders.

Moderated by Chaitali Chattopadhyay, Senior Programme Officer, Monitoring
and Evaluation, WSSCC

To register click here.

Read ahead:

Attention is increasingly focusing on programme design and approaches that promote water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) behaviour change in efforts to achieve UN Sanitation Goal 6. Several approaches have been developed over the last 2 decades that promote uptake of WASH interventions and sustain WASH behaviour change. While the evidence base for interventions in low and medium-income countries is extensive, there is a gap in behaviour change approaches in WASH interventions.

The International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie), in partnership with the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC), funded a systematic review to help fill in this evidence gap. It looked at which promotional approaches might change handwashing and sanitation behaviour, and which implementation factors affect the success or failure of such promotional approaches. It synthesises evidence from 42 quantitative studies on the effectiveness of behaviour change approaches and 28 qualitative studies on the implementation of such programme.

Join the webinar on 24th October 2017 for the launch of this recent systematic review “Approaches to promote handwashing and sanitation behaviour change in low- and middle-income countries.”