Tag Archives: Twitter

Haiti: Twitter data accurately tracked cholera outbreak

Twitter messages were providing data that would have been a quicker way of detecting and tracking the 2010 cholera outbreak in Haiti than traditional methods, according to a study [1] published in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

The study found that online social media and news feeds were faster than, and broadly as accurate as, the official records at detecting the start and early progress of the epidemic, which hit Haiti after the earthquake in January 2010 and has killed more than 6,500 people.


The authors used HealthMap, an automated surveillance platform, to measure the volume of news media generated during the first 100 days of the outbreak, and they also looked at the number of ‘cholera’ posts on Twitter.

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WASHplus Twitter Updates

Please check out and follow the WASHplus Twitter to stay up to date on news and publications from WASHplus and its Resource Partners.

Recent Tweets include:

  • WASHplus Newsletter, August 2011. Link: tinyurl.com/44zya62
  • SHARE-funded #research: Factors influencing latrine #hygiene in #Tanzania. http://ow.ly/5VPXN
  • Unilever_Press Unilever Corp News-Study Nepal: Handwashing with soap by birth attendants & mothers led to a 44% lower mortality rate for newborn babies: bit.ly/otEeuR
  • From WASHplus resource partner IRC Int’l Water & Sanitation Centre, Papers of the seminar on sanitation and governance. irc.nl/page/65807
  • A WASHplus Weekly: Focus on Indoor Air Quality – tinyurl.com/3dduuee

Sanitation Updates has 1,000 subscribers! Introducing SaniTweets

“Sanitation Updates is the first thing I read in the morning”, says Murat Sahin, Advisor, WASH in Schools at UNICEF.

Murat doesn’t mention if this is before or after he has breakfast – some of the 1,800 posts published since Dan Campbell began the blog in 2008 can spoil your appetite.


Murat is now one of over 1,000 subscribers to this blog, as the little reader counter icon on our home page indicates.

To mark this milestone we have launched SaniTweets and E-Source Sanitation News. SaniTweets is a public Twitter list feed, collecting live updates from 30 key sanitation initiatives, organisations and experts. The ten most recent Tweets appear in the left-hand column of the blog. If you want a SaniTweets RSS feed for your website, blog or news reader, use this link.

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World Poopin’ Day 13 March: raising sanitation awareness through social media

World Poopin' Day logo

World Poopin’ Day is a campaign benefiting US NGOs Water.org and GiveLove to raise awareness about sanitation issues, especially in developing countries. It is sponsored by CoTweet, Giveo and mGive.

Water.org and GiveLove are known for their celebrity co-founders, actor Matt Damon and actress Patricia Arquette, respectively.

Supporters can sign up at WorldPoopinDay.com using their Facebook or Twitter account and choose from a selection of five messages expressing support for sanitation issues. The posts will share the hashtag #poopin along with information highlighting the issues and a call to donate.

The campaign, started in mid-January 2011,  is the brainchild of coTweet founder Aaron Gotwalt and is currently running on a team of about 10 people. The goal is to start building a community around sanitation issues and attract larger partners and corporate sponsors in 2012 .

Source: Zachary Sniderman, Mashable, 07 Mar 2011

Updated List of Twitters – Water, Sanitation & Hygiene

Twitter, http://twitter.com, is a micro blogging platform which allows you to publish short messages of less than 140 characters through different mediums like IM, cellphones and the web.

Below are links to some WASH related Twitters and please let us know of others to add to the list:

Twittering on the toilet: Britain’s bathroom habits

Three-quarters of Britons text, blog or surf the internet while on the toilet, according to a survey of more than 2,000 people. The poll was carried out by Yakult to mark the launch of Gut Week, which aims to raise awareness of digestive disorders.

Television personality and former cricketer Phil Tufnell launching Gut Week. Photo: Love Your Gut

Television personality and former cricketer Phil Tufnell launching Gut Week. Photo: Love Your Gut

More than a third of those polled said they had sent a text message while on the toilet, 33 per cent admitted they had conducted a telephone conversation, 7 per cent revealed they had searched the internet, and 1 per cent said they had sent Twitter updates.

Despite 18 per cent admitting they had suffered from cramps or pins and needles, nearly two-thirds (65 per cent) were unaware that sitting on the loo for too long could cause haemorrhoids.

The research also revealed men were more likely to look for a distraction when on the loo than women and 14% of males polled said they read football match programmes while 18% of men completed a crossword or Sudoku puzzle behind the locked bathroom door.

Almost twice as many men (58 per cent) read newspapers and magazines than women (29 per cent), the survey found.

Former England cricketer Phil Tufnell, who launched the awareness campaign, said: ”Touring the sub-continent we tended to spend a lot of time on the toilet through no fault of our own and in these circumstances the odd toilet read was understandable”.

Dr Simon Gabe, consultant gastroenterologist at St Mark’s Hospital in Harrow, north-west London, said there some health risks that people should be aware of.

”There are problems which can arise from spending too long on the toilet, such as haemorrhoids, bleeding and worsening problems with emptying the rectum. More importantly, eating on the toilet runs the risk of contaminating the food with bacteria from the toilet. This may cause a bacterial gastroenteritis, which is an infectious diarrhoea and can be very severe.”

Organised by digestive health charities Core, The Gut Trust and St Mark’s Hospital Foundation in association with Yakult, the campaign – www.loveyourgut.com – offers advice on how to maintain gut health and ensure a regular bowel habit.

Source: The Telegraph, 24 Aug 2009