SWaCH, the success story of waste pickers in Pune

Waste pickers: the invisible heroes of Sao Paulo

2018 WASH reports by WSUP

This links to selected 2018 reports on the Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor website. wsup-logox2 (1)

Senator Bill Frist – Make water a top global priority. It’s the best, cheapest way to save lives

Make water a top global priority. It’s the best, cheapest way to save lives: Frist. USA Today, August 15, 2018.

The best way to save lives and prevent outbreaks of threats like Ebola is water in health facilities. Congress and the world need to meet this challenge. 


(Photo: Al-hadji Kudra Maliro/AP)

This summer has seen the unprecedented and simultaneous outbreak of six of eight diseases posing the greatest threats to public health, according to the World Health Organization.

You’d think that after the alarmingly fast spread of Ebola in West Africa just a few years ago, we’d have learned our lesson.

Instead, the health intervention that has saved more lives than any other in recorded history remains alarmingly absent in global health care. That poses an immediate and long-term danger to us all.

We call it WASH — water, sanitation and hygiene. It’s the most critical resource in my preparation for every surgical procedure I performed over my lifetime, and it is dismally deficient or nonexistent in hundreds of thousands of health care facilities around the world.

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Emergency WASH Biweekly Update, August 15, 2018


The Global WASH Cluster has a new website. How to Provide Feedback on the Website. Go to the bottom of the home back and you can find the link to the feedback form right below the ‘Contract us’ heading. You can also just send us an email to globalwashcluster@gmail.com if that is easier for you.

Emergency & reconstruction situations – Working Group 8 of the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance – Register as a SuSanA member to join this working group and its mailing list. The objective of this working group is to combine the knowledge from experts in the fields of sanitation with the knowledge from experts in the field of emergency response and reconstruction. Some of the resources include a Factsheet and Reading List.


Water Supply in a War Zone: A Preliminary Analysis of Two Urban Water Tanker Supply Systems in the Republic of Yemen. World Bank. World Bank, July 2018.
This discussion paper presents assessments of basic features of urban water supply systems in Sana’a and Aden, a detailed profile of the tanker truck service structure, including supply chain mapping, value chain analysis, and an assessment of changes to the sector since the war began. It also covers institutional support structure for the water sector, well-to-consumer supply chain, water quality, well operations, tanker trucks water delivery services, and household water demand.

A humanitarian response to the West African Ebola virus disease outbreak. Journal of International Humanitarian Action, August 2018.
The 2014–2016 Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in West Africa was of unprecedented magnitude with a total of 28,616 suspected, probable, and confirmed cases reported in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. Unique multisectoral partnerships forged between traditional public health actors and humanitarian actors facilitated mutual learning and opened the door to ongoing working relationships that will hasten efficient and effective response to future global public health emergencies.

Are there health hazards from disinfection byproducts in humanitarian water? Findings from a MSF water treatment plant, Palorinya, Uganda. A presentation by Matt Arnold, et al, Médecins Sans Frontières, May 2018.
Water was compliant with WHO standards for total THMs (TTHMs). Emergency treatment methods such as direct chlorination of surface water may present more risk of DBP formation.  The complicated nature and sheer number of identified DBPs make analysis, measurement and standard setting complex.

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UNICEF Regional WASH Innovation Challenge

We are delighted to share with you details of the Regional WASH Innovation challenge which UNICEF recently launched in partnership with BRAC and ask your support in sharing the contacts and details throughout your sectors and networks.

This year the focus is on handwashing – looking for innovative ways to get Mothers and caregivers to wash their hands with soap at critical times. washinnovation

HANDWASHING + SOAP = SAVED LIVES – If it’s simple in theory why is it so hard to practice?

This challenge is open to applicants from all countries in South Asia and there is a $5,000 prize for each of the three categories, full details and applications can be made through the following links and I have also included some specific details in the text below.

The closing date is September 10, 2018 – so please join us on facebook, twitter and Instagram and visit our website. But most importantly help us spread the word about this important challenge so that we can solve the equation and save more lives through improved handwashing.

Regional WASH Innovation Challenge

Purpose and Problems to be addressed by the Challenge – The purpose of the Regional WASH Innovation Challenge will be to identify innovative solutions to promote handwashing with soap that can be implemented to scale in the South Asia region. The promotion will focus on:

  • Improving education and awareness of handwashing with soap, identifying the benefits of using soap, understanding of proper handwashing techniques and critical times for handwashing; and
  • Behaviour change, resulting in and sustaining the increase of good practice of handwashing with soap using proper techniques and at critical times;
  • Health impact where the incidence of diarrhoeal diseases and respiratory infections is reduced, improving children’s health and mitigating the risk of preventable child deaths.

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IRC WASH Symposium 2019: “All Systems Go!”

From 12 – 14 March 2019 IRC and partners will be hosting a symposium on building and strengthening strong systems to deliver safe and sustainable WASH services for everyone.

Location: The Hague, The Netherlands

Registration: early bird registration till 2 November 2018 – online registration

Call for Abstracts: deadline 24 September 2018 – full call for abstracts

All information on the symposium web page