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Bruce Gordon and Oliver Subasinghe on the 2019 Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking Water (GLAAS) Report – The latest podcast from Global Waters Radio features a conversation with Bruce Gordon, Coordinator for Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Health at the World Health Organization (WHO), and Oliver Subasinghe, Communications and Data Advisor with the USAID Water Office.

Children wash their hands outside school in Samabogo, Mali.

Children wash their hands outside school in Samabogo, Mali.

DESIGNING VIABLE SANITATION ENTERPRISES – A MARKET BASED SANITATION GAME – USAID/WASHPaLS developed a game called Designing Viable Sanitation Enterprises to serve as a tool for MBS practitioners to understand and appreciate the interactions between the elements of a sanitation enterprise, the entrepreneur, and the broader context.

USAID Seeks Input on its Water and Development Research Agenda – To take advantage of the concentrated water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH)–sector knowledge represented at the 2019 University of North Carolina Water and Health Conference, we held a consultation designed to share our process in developing a research agenda.

USAID in the News – Cambodia – Stone Family Foundation, IDE and USAID Launch Sanitation Development Impact Bond.


Watering the NDCs: National Climate Planning for 2020 and Beyond. AGWA, 2019. Watering the NDCs provides guiding principles and recommendations for national climate planners and decision-makers to help ensure they meet their goals set out in National Adaptation Plans and Nationally Determined Contributions.

Safer water, better health. WHO, 2019. This high disease burden could be largely prevented with existing interventions and prevention strategies, which are described in this report.

Impact of Early Life Exposure to Environments with Unimproved Sanitation on Education Outcomes: Evidence from Bangladesh. World Bank, November 2019.  A child’s early exposure to unimproved sanitation decreases the likelihood of being enrolled in primary school by eight to ten percentage points on average compared with a child with access to improved sanitation.

Systems Reboot: Sanitation sector change in Maputo and Lusaka. WSUP, November 2019. This Discussion Paper contributes provides illustrative examples of how a systems approach can be applied at a city level by looking at two cities – Lusaka, Zambia and Maputo, Mozambique – that have experienced positive change in their on-site sanitation sector over the last decade.

Health, safety and dignity of sanitation workers: An initial assessment. World Bank Group, World Health Organization, International Labour Organization, Water Aid, 2019. This report, the most extensive global exploration of the topic to date, analyzes the problems, explores good practices, and sets out actions to improve the health, safety and dignity of sanitation workers.

Scaling Up the Sanitation Economy 2020-2025. Toilet Board Coalition, November 2019. Sanitation is one of the most pervasive yet overlooked development challenges facing us in the 21st century. There are 3 pathways to scale via cities, sectors and standards.

Water, sanitation and hygiene: three essential ingredients to resilient agriculture supply chains. WaterAid, 2019. Our booklet helps provide a starting point for action, explaining why WASH management should already be part of business as usual and offering the first practical steps companies can take to improve access to WASH in their supply chains.

Journal Articles

Gut carriage of antimicrobial resistance genes among young children in urban Maputo, Mozambique: Associations with enteric pathogen carriage and environmental risk factors. PLoS One, November 22, 2019. Antimicrobial resistance genes carriage may be associated with concurrent carriage of bacterial enteric pathogens, suggesting indirect linkages to WASH that merit further investigation.

Protocol Article: Water usage, hygiene and diarrhea in low-income urban communities – a mixed method prospective longitudinal study. MethodsX, 19 November 2019. This study aimed to describe the methodological protocol that adapted multidisciplinary and mixed-method research approach to assess how water usage including water quantity influences the attributable risk for diarrhea in a low-income urban community in Bangladesh.

Translating pathogen knowledge to practice for sanitation decision-making. Journal of Water and Health, in press 2019. We present findings from a stakeholder engagement workshop held in Kampala – Uganda to educate, interact with, and solicit feedback from participants on how the relevant scientific literature on pathogens can be made more accessible to practitioners to support decision-making.

Concept mapping: Engaging stakeholders to identify factors that contribute to empowerment in the water and sanitation sector in West Africa. SSM – Population Health, December 2019. This study used concept mapping to uncover the meaning and key dimensions of empowerment in WASH among 34 and 24 stakeholders in Asutifi North District, Ghana, and Banfora Commune, Burkina Faso.

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