Recent WASH research & upcoming webinars


Efficacy of microbial sampling recommendations and practices in sub-Saharan Africa, Water Research, 2018.  This study analyzed microbial water quality sampling practices in 351 piped systems in sub-Saharan Africa and found that many systems detected no indicator bacteria but tested too few samples to be confident in results. We conclude that sampling recommendations should consider definitions, limits, and confidence levels, and the results from this study can be used to improve international guidelines for water quality monitoring.

Water Security Implementation: Toolkit #5. Sustainable Water Partnership, February 2018. The success of a WSI process depends on the implementation of activities or measures defined through collaborative planning and decision-making with the purpose of addressing and mitigating priority water risks now and in the future.

A Longitudinal Study of Household Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Characteristics and Environmental Enteropathy Markers in Children Less than 24 Months in Iquitos, Peru. American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, February 12, 2018. We found that less storage of fecal matter near the household along with a reliable water connection were associated with reduced inflammation. These results provide preliminary evidence for the hypothesis that children less than 24 months of age living in unsanitary conditions will have elevated gut inflammation.

Water treatment and handwashing practices in rural Kenyan health care facilities and households six years after the installation of portable water stations and hygiene training. Journal of Water & Health, Feb 2018. This evaluation demonstrated that inexpensive, rapidly installed, portable water stations were in use approximately six years later, providing needed hygiene infrastructure and a plat. form for patient teaching.

Learning from water treatment and hygiene interventions in response to a hepatitis E outbreak in an open setting in Chad. Journal of Water & Health, Feb 2018. In September 2016, Médecins Sans Frontières, responded to a hepatitis E (HEV) outbreak in Chad by implementing water treatment and hygiene interventions. To evaluate the coverage and use of these interventions, we conducted a cross-sectional study in the community.

Community-Led Total Sanitation: A Mixed-Methods Systematic Review of Evidence and Its Quality. EHP, February 2018. The evidence base on CLTS effectiveness available to practitioners, policy makers, and program managers to inform their actions is weak. Our results highlight the need for more rigorous research on CLTS impacts as well as applied research initiatives that bring researchers and practitioners together to address implementation challenges to improve rural sanitation efforts.


February 21, 2018 – Using Network Analysis to Understand and Strengthen WASH Systems – Join the Sustainable WASH Systems (SWS) Learning Partnership for a webinar that provides an introduction to network analysis and early lessons learned from analyses conducted in Ethiopia, Uganda, and Cambodia.

February 23, 2018 – Integrating WASH and Water Resource Management in Kenya – For the WASH sector to become more water secure, governance has to shift towards an approach where people reach out across boundaries and improve governance. This presentation will explore how working with civil society can mobilize communities to claim their water and sanitation rights and empower them to participate in decision-making.

February 27, 2018 – Improving Water and Energy Service Delivery with IoT Solutions – In this webinar, Evan Thomas looks at the findings from a longitudinal cohort study of sensors on handpumps in Rwanda, and data from programs in Rwanda, Kenya, Ethiopia and Somali regions. 

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