Recent WASH research on sanitation, cholera, MHM and other topics

In addition to the studies and resources below, there are new blog posts, Ethiopian Summit Focuses on Participatory Co-Design to Develop Low-Cost WASH Products, and other resources on the website.


How to reach everyone with safe water and sanitation by 2030. WaterAid, Feb 2018. As the first review of SDG 6 begins, we urge governments and donors to fight WASH inequality with urgent action on finance, integration and sustainability.

WaterAid’s reflections on the results of the WASH Benefits Trials – Kenya and Bangladesh. WaterAid, February 2018. This note has been put together to help WaterAid staff and actors working on nutrition and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) to understand the results and implications of these studies, and to interpret the results in light of the full body of evidence on WASH and nutrition.

Clean Hands for All: A toolkit for hygiene advocacy. GHP, Feb 28, 2018. This toolkit includes an overview of why hygiene matters in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals, a short advocacy introduction, and suggestions on audiences, delivery mechanisms, and objectives for hygiene advocacy.

Turning promises into action: Gender equality in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. UN Women, Feb 2018. The report monitors global and regional trends in achieving the SDGs for women and girls based on available data.

MENSTRUAL HYGIENE MANAGEMENT AND FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION: CASE STUDIES IN SENEGAL. WSSCC, 2018. The research that is the focus of this paper is a pioneering study: it explores the links between menstrual hygiene management and female genital mutilation, for the first time.


Innovative sanitation approaches could address multiple development challenges. Water Science & Technology, Feb 2018. Nevertheless, a better understanding of driving forces and enabling environments, new organizational models based on more service-oriented sanitation provision, and highlighting potential multiple societal benefits to attract investments from new sectors are identified areas that need further attention.

Mapping the burden of cholera in sub-Saharan Africa and implications for control: an analysis of data across geographical scales. Lancet, March 1. Although cholera occurs throughout sub-Saharan Africa, its highest incidence is concentrated in a small proportion of the continent. Prioritising high-risk areas could substantially increase the efficiency of cholera control programmes.

Preliminary assessment of the computer-based Taenia solium educational program ‘The Vicious Worm’ on knowledge uptake in primary school students in rural areas in eastern Zambia. Trop Med Intl Health, March 1. Preliminary assessment of ‘The Vicious Worm’ indicates it is an effective tool for the short-term T. solium education of primary school students in Zambia.

Impact of the scale-up of piped water on urogenital schistosomiasis infection in rural South Africa. eLife, Feb 20. High coverage of piped water in the community decreased a child’s risk of urogenital schistosomiasis infection eight-fold.

Locally produced hydrogen sulphide detecting water quality test kits increase household level monitoring in rural Tanzania. Journal Water & Health, Feb 22. The H2S test was widely accepted, with 94% of those surveyed willing to buy the test in the future. This will enable households to monitor their own water sources and make informed choices about water safety and treatment.

Effectiveness of a Household Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Package on an Outpatient Program for Severe Acute Malnutrition: A Pragmatic Cluster-Randomized Controlled Trial in Chad. AJTMH, Feb 26. Our results showed that adding a household WASH package did not decrease post-recovery relapse rates but increased the recovery rate among children admitted in OTP.

Enteropathogens and Gut Inflammation in Asymptomatic Infants and Children in Different Environments in Southern India. AJTMH, Feb 2018. Viral and bacterial infections, including enteroviruses, adenoviruses, Campylobacter spp., and diarrhegenic Escherichia coli were more common and fecal biomarkers of inflammation were higher in the poor neighborhood.



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