Aug 22 webinars and recent WASH research


Aug 22, 2018: 6:00 pm EST – The Forgotten Juncture? Handwashing and Safe Management of Child Feces – This webinar, entitled The Forgotten Juncture? Handwashing and Safe Management of Child Feces will be co-hosted by the Global Handwashing Partnership, USAID, UNICEF, WEDC, and the International Water Centre

Aug 22, 2018: 9:00 am EST – Strengthening the Health System for Sustainable WASH Improvements: Adopting a Health Systems Approach at All Levels of WASH in HCF Programs – A new action-oriented learning program that brings together the WASH and health communities to focus on policy, evidence, and practice in WASH in HCFs. On monthly webinars, we will discuss experiences, challenges, successes, and lessons learned on topics within WASH in HCF.


The effect of SODIS water treatment intervention at the household level in reducing diarrheal incidence among children under 5 years of age: a cluster randomized controlled trial in Dabat district, northwest Ethiopia. BMC Trials, July 31. The SODIS intervention substantially reduced the incidence of diarrhea among under-five children in a rural community of northwest Ethiopia.

Are schoolchildren less infected if they have good knowledge about parasitic worms? A case study from rural Côte d’Ivoire. BMC Public Health, Aug 2. Specific knowledge about different types of helminths might not suffice to induce behavioural change which in turn reduces infection and reinfection with helminths.

Bacterial contamination of frequently touched objects in a tertiary care hospital of Pokhara, Nepal: how safe are our hands? Antimicrobial Resistance & Infection Control, Aug 6. High bacterial contamination of frequently touched objects with variety of potential pathogens and normal flora was detected. S. aureus was the most common bacterial isolate.


Child Height in India: Facts and Interpretations from the NFHS-4, 2015–16. Diane Coffey; Dean Spears, Aug 6. Factor (2)—the extent of open defecation—can be estimated using data from the NFHS-4. Coffey and Spears (2018) find that between the NFHS-3 and the NFHS-4, open defecation in India went down by 16.4 percentage points, from 55.3% to 38.9%. Combined with the Gertler et al (2015) effect estimate, this change in average exposure to open defecation would predict an increase in average height-for-age of 0.077 of a height-for-age standard deviation, due to improved sanitation.

Re-engineering the world’s trillion-dollar waste ecosystem. Medium, July 26. The Toilet Board Coalition wants to see recycling and reuse of biological waste become mainstream. It’s working with entrepreneurs and municipalities to find scalable ways to do it.

The impact of digitalisation on the water sector – An interview with Rebekah Eggers. IWA, Aug 7. We asked Rebekah Eggers, IBM’s WW IoT for Energy, Environment, & Utilities Business, and keynote speaker at the IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition 2018, what ‘going digital’ / ‘digitalisation’ really means for the sector, how to overcome key barriers to successfully digitise water, and ultimately, who can reap the benefits of this technological revolution.


Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Characteristics among HIV-Positive Households Participating in the Global Enterics Multicenter Study in Rural Western Kenya, 2008–2012. AJTMH, Aug 6. This suggests that within this region of Kenya, HIV programs are effective in promoting the importance of practicing positive WASH-related behaviors among PLHIV.

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