Recent WASH research – July 31, 2017

Open Access

Water works: how a simple technology in Dhaka is changing the way people get clean water. Water Blog, July 27. Amy Pickering of Tufts University discusses a novel treatment product that automatically dispenses small amounts of chlorine to create safe drinking water.

Identifying Potential Sources of Exposure Along the Child Feces Management Pathway: A Cross-Sectional Study Among Urban Slums in Odisha, India. AJTMH, July 24, 2017. While proper disposal of child feces in an improved latrine still represents a major challenge, control of the risks presented requires attention to the full range of exposures associated to the management of child feces, and not simply the place of disposal.

Beyond menstrual hygiene: addressing vaginal bleeding throughout the life course in low and middle income countries. BMJ Global Health, June 2017. This paper aims to highlight the key vaginal bleeding experiences throughout a woman’s life course and the intersection of these bleeding experiences with their access to adequate water and sanitation facilities, information and education sources, and supplies.

Differences in Child Health across Rural, Urban, and Slum Areas: Evidence from India. Claus C Pörtner, June 2017. We estimate that slum conditions—which the survey does not adequately capture, such as overcrowding and open sewers—are associated with 20–37% of slum children’s stunting risk.

Multi-Method Approach to identify Community Practices for Sanitation Systems. University of Colorado Boulder, June 2017. This paper compares the use of three methods—semistructured interviews, photovoice, and focus groups—to identify community priorities for sanitation.


Evaluating the effectiveness of a community-based hygiene promotion program in a rural Salvadoran setting. Global Health Promotion, July 27.

Use of Serologic Responses against Enteropathogens to Assess the Impact of a Point-of-Use Water Filter: A Randomized Controlled Trial in Western Province, Rwanda. AJTMH, July 24.

Working with complexity: a participatory systems-based process for planning and evaluating rural water, sanitation and hygiene services. Jnl WASH for Dev, July 24.

In the News

You Probably Don’t Want To Know About Haiti’s Sewage Problems. NPR Goats and Soda, July 2017

SOAPEN | This soap crayon can help prevent 1.5 million child deaths each year. July 27, 2017.

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