The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) Community of Practice on Sanitation and Hygiene in Developing Countries and the Centre of Excellence in Water and Sanitation at Mzuzu University (Malawi) are holding a joint 3-week thematic discussion on linking water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) to other development sectors. The LinkedIn hosted CoP has over 6,200 members each working in WASH and other related sectors; this thematic discussion will be an opportunity to bring together sector practitioners and researchers to share knowledge, learn from each other, identify best practice and explore how WASH and other development sectors can collaborate in this SDG era.
The thematic discussion will take place on the CoP; with a coordinator moderating the discussions. The discussion will be split into three inter-linked sub-themes and conversation leaders will frame and prompt debates each week on:
- 24 – 30 October – Theme 1: WASH and Nutrition – At a grassroots level, WASH and nutrition are not often combined, what are some examples of successful merging of these themes? What about the health impact and the perceptions and views of communities? If you had one area of WASH and nutrition which makes the biggest impact to focus on, what would it be?
- 31 October – 6 November – Theme 2: WASH and Disability – What are the barriers to accessing WASH people with disabilities in developing countries? Is standard CLTS inclusive? How can schools in developing countries be more accessible? What are some examples of successful merging of these two themes?
- 7 – 12 November – Theme 3: Climate Change and WASH –What are some of the local strategies in place to strengthen climate change resiliency and WASH objectives? If an ODF community build a pit latrine by cutting down old growth trees, have we made a positive or negative impact at a community level? Are there more innovative ways looking at not only the environment and human dimensions of these problems? What are some examples of successful merging of these two themes by field practitioners?
Join us for the discussion with some of the following thematic experts:
- Megan Wilson-Jones, Policy Analyst: Health & Hygiene, WaterAid for WASH and Nutrition discussion
- Adam Biran and Sian White, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
- Mavuto Tembo, Mzuzu University, Malawi
Weekly summaries of discussions will be posted on CoP as well as a synthesis report of overarching findings at the end.
To participate in the discussion, please join here:
WSSCC Community of Practice: www.linkedin.com/grp/home?gid=1238187
We look forward to some constructive and in-depth discussions!
Posted in Sanitation and Health, Uncategorized
Tagged climate change, Community of practice, disability, Discussion, LinkedIn, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Mzuzu University, Nutrition, sanitation, WASH, WaterAid, WSSCC
A new paper reviews the case for the importance of hand, food and menstrual hygiene as candidates for post-MDG goal and target setting. Of the three themes, handwashing with soap at key times is the one which has been the subject of most research and therefore is associated with the strongest evidence base.
The paper was written by a team from the Hygiene Centre at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), the IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre and the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B) under contract to USAID. It is an output of the Hygiene Working Group, one of the four Post-2015 Monitoring Working Groups set up by the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation (JMP). The purpose of the background paper is to stimulate and inform discussion, but not to make any claims for consensus nor suggest that any of the definitions, indicators, goals or targets proposed are final.
In 2013 the United Nations General Assembly will be asked to decide what development goals the international community should seek beyond 2015. The decision will be made based on a proposal that will be submitted to the General Assembly. This proposal will include goals, targets and indicators pertaining to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). The indicators proposed will reflect principles associated with the human right to drinking water and sanitation.
Related web sites:
Biran, A., et al, 2012. Background paper on measuring WASH and food hygiene practices : definition of goals to be tackled post 2015 by the Joint Monitoring Programme. London, UK, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Available at: <http://www.irc.nl/page/72911>
Posted in Hygiene Promotion, Publications
Tagged Bangladesh, changing behaviour, food hygiene, handwashing, Hygiene Working Group, International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, menstrual hygiene, monitoring
Professor Sandy Cairncross, a UK scientist who has devoted his career to saving lives in the world’s poorest countries by improving sanitation and hygiene – including revolutionising attitudes to toilets – was honoured with an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours on 11 June 2011.
His citation reads: “Professor Sandy Cairncross has probably done more in the last 30 years to save lives and improve living standards in developing countries by advancing the neglected field of sanitation and hygiene than anyone else in the field. As a result of his influence many more people in the developing world have survived to enjoy better health from living in safer environments“.
A new web site – thiswormyworld.org – with maps showing the distribution and prevalence of worm infections in sub-Saharan Africa was launched on 17 August 2010.
These maps are the first of a series in the Global Atlas of Helminth Infections, an open-access information resource on the distribution of soil-transmitted helminths (roundworm, whipworm and hookworm) and schistosomiasis. Initial coverage is limited to countries in sub-Saharan Africa, but similar maps for Asia, Latin America and the Middle East will be available by the end of 2010.
By proving reliable, up-to-date maps of worm distributions, “This Wormy World” aims to help policy-makers and programme managers develop and implement national deworming programmes.