Tag Archives: World Health Organization

Angola launches third national de-worming campaign in schools

Over the next month, primary school children in all of Angola’s 18 provinces will receive de-worming tablets as part of a national campaign that is now in its third year. The campaign aims to ensure that the country’s children have better health for better learning.

Parasitic infections, or intestinal worms, can lead to malnutrition, anaemia and slow cognitive development.

In Angola, the school de-worming campaign is led by the Ministries of Health and Education, with support from UNICEF and the World Health Organization. It is part of a broader programme to promote health in Angolan schools; this effort includes the provision of water and latrines, the establishment of hygiene education and health and hygiene clubs, and a school feeding programme.

Read more: Lone Hvass, UNICEF, 24 Sep 2008

UN-Water Global Annual Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking-Water (GLAAS)

The Global Annual Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking-Water (GLAAS) is a UN-Water pilot initiative led by the World Health Organization (WHO). UN-Water GLAAS constitutes a new approach to reporting on progress in the sanitation and drinking-water sectors that aims to strengthen evidence-based policy-making towards and beyond the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Read all and down load the report

UK: Wash your hands, NHS staff reminded

03 September 2008 

The National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) is reinforcing its message to NHS staff to clean their hands at the point of care, with the reissue of its alert on hand hygiene.

(…) In addition, the advice includes the internationally recognised World Health Organization (WHO) Five Moments for Hand Hygiene (July 2007).

Read all hesmagazine.com

Related web-site: National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA)

Related web-site: WHO: “A new and exciting concept in hand hygiene improvement has been developed by the WHO team and the University Hospitals of Geneva. Developed around a user-centred design approach incorporating strategies of human factors engineering, cognitive behaviour science and elements of social marketing, the Five Moments approach is central to the WHO multifaceted hand hygiene improvement strategy. “My five moments for hand hygiene’: a user-centred design approach to understand, train, monitor and report hand hygiene” was published in the Journal of Hospital Infection, September 2007″    Publication and other tarining materials/films available from WHO

UNICEF/WHO – Progress on Drinking-water and Sanitation: Special Focus on Sanitation

Progress on Drinking-water and Sanitation: Special Focus on Sanitation (pdf, 17MB) is now on the WHO Water Sanitation Health website and will also soon be on the UNICEF/WHO Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) website at: http://www.wssinfo.org/.

This report introduces a new way of assessing global, regional and country progress using the “ladder” concept for both sanitation and drinking-water. For sanitation, trends in using improved, shared, and unimproved sanitation facilities are shown, in addition to the trend in open defecation. The drinking-water ladder shows the percentage of global population using piped connections into a dwelling, plot or yard; other improved water sources; and unimproved sources. The intention is to continue refining the “ladders” in future reports.

Table of Contents

3 The purpose of this report
4 2008: International Year of Sanitation
6 An new way to look at sanitation practices: the sanitation ladder
8 Progress towards the sanitation target
10 Urban-rural disparities in sanitation coverage
12 Improved sanitation
14 Shared sanitation
16 Unimproved sanitation facilities
18 Open defecation
20 A different perspective on progress.
22 The drinking water ladder
24 Progress towards the drinking water target
26 Urban-rural disparities in drinking water coverage
28 Piped water on premises
29 Other improved sources of drinking water
30 Unimproved sources of drinking water
32 A different perspective on progress
33 Expanding data collection
38 JMP methodology
41 Country, regional and global estimates on water and sanitation
54 Millennium Development Goals: regional groupings

WHO – 10 facts on sanitation

Lack of sanitation facilities forces people to defecate in the open, in rivers or near areas where children play or food is prepared. This increases the risk of transmitting disease. The Ganges river in India has 1.1 million litres of raw sewage dumped into it every minute, a startling figure considering that one gram of faeces in untreated water may contain 10 million viruses, one million bacteria, 1000 parasite cysts and 100 worm eggs.