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WEDC – Drawing Water

Drawing Water: A resource book of illustrations on water, sanitation, health, hygiene, rescue and care in low-income countries, 2015. 2nd ed. Shaw, R.J.  WEDC, Loughborough University, UK.

A resource book of over 600 illustrations on water, sanitation, health, hygiene, rescue and care.

Making WASH facilities accessible for the disabled and elderly

Horizontal handrail the full width of the door on the inside. Internal bolt.

Horizontal handrail the full width of the door on the inside. Internal bolt. Credit: WaterAid/Stephen Sagawa

WaterAid has published a compendium of low-cost technologies to improve the accessibility of household WASH facilities for the disabled and elderly in rural areas of sub-Saharan Africa. There are sections on reaching facilities, latrines, bathing, waterpoints and handwashing. It can be used by staff such as health workers and community volunteers.

Cover - Compedium of accessible WASH technologies

The compendium and all images in it are free to download at: www.wateraid.org/accessibleWASHtechnologies

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WEDC – Menstruation hygiene management for schoolgirls

Menstruation hygiene management for schoolgirls, 2014.

Author: Tracey Crofts, WEDC.

This guide outlines the problems experienced by menstruating schoolgirls in low-income countries. Although its focus is predominantly sub-Saharan Africa, many of the issues raised are relevant to girls in most low-income countries, although there may be differences in popular practice and beliefs. Menstrual-hygiene-on-line-8

The guide also evaluates simple solutions to these problems including the use of low-cost sanitary pads, and suggests ways in which menstruation hygiene management (MHM) can be included in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programmes.

WEDC – Managing hygiene promotion in WASH programmes

Managing hygiene promotion in WASH programmes, 2014. WEDC.

Managers of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programmes normally acknowledge that people need to behave in a hygienic manner to protect water supplies and ensure that sanitation facilities are used properly. Hygiene-promotion-3

However, promoting hygienic behaviour differs from the construction of infrastructure, with indicators of progress being less concrete. This means campaigns need to be planned and carried out in a suitable manner.

Contents of this guide
What is hygiene?
Principles of hygiene promotion
Planning a hygiene promotion programme
Participatory tools
Analysis of the data
Implementation of the action plan
Methods of hygiene and sanitation promotion
Selecting and training facilitators
Monitoring and evaluation

WEDC – A Collection of Contemporary Toilet Designs


A Collection of Contemporary Toilet Designs, 2014.

Author: Rod Shaw, ed. WEDC-RGB-adapted4

This collection is the result of the findings of EOOS research which was supported by Sandec, the Department of Water and Sanitation in Developing Countries at the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag). It covers a wide range of contemporary toilet designs along with a valuable list of website links where additional information about each design can be sought.

This volume is a synthesis of the initial research log, designed and produced by The Water Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC) at Loughborough University. As conventional toilet designs are not included, it does not claim to be fully comprehensive but it nevertheless provides a useful overview of current research and development for fieldworkers and practitioners as well as engineers and researchers.

Undoing inequity: water, sanitation and hygiene programmes that deliver for all

UK Under Secretary of State for International Development Lynne Featherstone visiting SHARE-funded Undoing Inequity programme in Uganda. Photo: SHARE/WaterAid

WaterAid is currently carrying out a SHARE-funded action research project in Zambia and Uganda in collaboration with WEDC and the Leonard Cheshire Disability and Inclusive Development Centre (LCD), called Undoing Inequity: water, sanitation and hygiene programmes that deliver for all.  The project aims to generate rigorous evidence about how a lack of safe water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) impacts on the lives of disabled, older persons and people living with a chronic illness; understand the barriers they face, develop and test an inclusive WASH approach to address those barriers and influence key policy and decision makers to mainstream inclusive WASH within development.

As part of this project, Hazel Jones (WEDC) has written a report titled Mainstreaming disability and ageing in water, sanitation and hygiene programmes.  This report recognises that progress on the MDGs is not happening in an equitable way.  A drive for increasing coverage of basic services, such as WASH has meant that people who are ‘harder to reach’, such as disabled and older people often remain un-served.

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WEDC – WASH posters prepared for the WEDC conference

WEDC has prepared excellent posters/fact sheets on WASH topics for its conference in Kenya.  The posters are listed below and also on the WEDC website.  wedc-logo

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  1. Poster 001: Latrine slabs (2013)
    Reed, Brian; Shaw, Rod
  2. Poster 002: The three-pot water treatment system (2013)
    Skinner, B.H.; Shaw, Rod
  3. Poster 003: A guide to personal hygiene (2013)
    Ince, M.E.; Shaw, Rod; Davey, Kay
  4. Poster 004: The ‘F’ diagram: barriers against faecal-oral diseases (2012)
    Reed, Brian; Skinner, Brian; Shaw, Rod
  5. Poster 005: Sealing a borehole with a sanitary seal (2013)
    Skinner, Brian; Chatterton, Ken; Shaw, Rod
  6. Poster 006: Guidelines for handwashing with soap (2013)
    Reed, Bob; Shaw, Rod; Chatterton, Ken
  7. Poster 007: Drainage from water points (2013)
    Skinner, Brian; Chatterton, Ken; Shaw, Rod
  8. Poster 008: How to make a handwashing bottle (2013)
    Reed, Bob; Shaw, Rod; Chatterton, Ken
  9. Poster 009: Using gourds for handwashing (2013)
    Shaw, Rod
  10. Poster 010: Simple pit latrines (2013)
    Reed, Bob; Shaw, Rod
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