WASH research on container-based sanitation, water access data and more

Recent updates to Globalwaters.org include the blog post Finance for the Future: How Fintech Can Help African Governments Leverage Public Resources for More Inclusive WASH. mhm

Also the May 28, 2019 issue of the Global Waters newsletter features articles on menstrual hygiene management, a podcast on Strengthening Water Security in the Sahel and features on USAID projects in the Philippines and Madagascar.

JOURNAL ARTICLES

Health Risks for Sanitation Service Workers along a Container-Based Urine Collection System and Resource Recovery Value Chain. Environ. Sci. Technol., May 13, 2019. This study assessed occupational exposure to rotavirus and Shigella spp. during CBS urine collection and subsequent struvite fertilizer production in eThekwini, South Africa.

What If Your Husband Doesn’t Feel the Pressure? An Exploration of Women’s Involvement in WaSH Decision Making in Nyanchwa, Kenya. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health, May 2019. From this research, it is evident that economic challenges and cultural factors such as male dominance, greatly inhibit women and girls’ participation in WaSH decision-making and implementation processes. Other factors such as time constraints and low literacy rates also emerged.

Mapping access to domestic water supplies from incomplete data in developing countries: An illustrative assessment for Kenya. PLoS One, May 17, 2019. In developing countries where geospatial datasets concerning drinking-water sources often have necessarily limited resolution or incomplete spatial coverage, the modelled surface can provide an initial indication of the geography of unimproved drinking-water sources to target unserved populations and assess water source vulnerability to contamination and hazards.

Impacts of using the electronic-health education program ‘The Vicious Worm’ for prevention of Taenia solium. Acta Tropica, May 2019. Introduction to ‘The Vicious Worm’ led to changed practices and persistence in knowledge regarding T. solium.

The Impact of Improved Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene on Oral Rotavirus Vaccine Immunogenicity in Zimbabwean Infants: Substudy of a Cluster-randomized Trial. Clinical Infectious Diseases, March 2019. Improvements in household WASH led to modest but significant increases in seroconversion to RVV in rural Zimbabwean infants.

Feasibility of a Comprehensive Targeted Cholera Intervention in The Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 1 May 2019. Founded on a strengthened surveillance system, the CTI approach combines pointed health behavior messaging with traditional water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) interventions and a single-dose OCV campaign (estimated to have a short term effectiveness of 87%) to prevent the spread of cholera once it strikes.

REPORTS

The Sanitation Cityscape Conceptual Framework: understanding urban sanitation systems – Paper for the WASH systems symposium. IRC, 2019. Using the Sanitation Cityscape Framework, 16 indicators describe the sanitation service delivery context under 4 thematic areas.

WHO resolution on Water, sanitation and hygiene in health care facilities. WHO, 2019. The Executive Board, Having considered the report on patient safety: water, sanitation and hygiene in health care facilities, RECOMMENDS to the Seventy-second World Health Assembly the adoption of the following resolution.

BLOGS

Is There a Community of Practice for Handwashing Implementers in Lower-and-Middle-Income Countries? GHP, May 6, 2019. This video presents the landscape of communities of practice for handwashing programming in various contexts.

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