The role of chemical exposures in reducing the effectiveness of water–sanitation–hygiene interventions in Bangladesh, Kenya, and Zimbabwe. WIREs Water, August 2020. Recent large randomized controlled trials in Bangladesh, Kenya, and Zimbabwe revealed that traditional household WASH interventions are unlikely to reduce diarrhea or improve linear growth (i.e., reduce stunting) in infants and children—two important indicators of the effectiveness of WASH interventions. A possible factor contributing to the null results is that traditional WASH interventions control microbial pathogens but do not remove chemical toxicants.
Re-Envisioning Sanitation as a Human-Derived Resource System. Environ. Sci. Technol., August 11, 2020. This framework offers a shared vision for sanitation as a human-derived resource system, where people are part of the resource cycle.
Innovations in Commercial Finance for the Water and Sanitation Sector: The Potential of Investment Platforms for Mobilizing Financing for Development at Scale. ADB, August 2020. Investment platforms are an online tool for bringing together investors and investees more efficiently.
Transforming Urban-Rural Water Linkages into High Quality Investments. ADB, August 2020. This publication describes and discusses the urban-rural water linkages (URWLs) approach to restoring river health in degraded environments. It emphasizes how the approach tackles issues relevant to land use, water withdrawal, and pollution.
Sanitation and Hygiene Practices in Small Towns in Tanzania: The Case of Babati District, Manyara Region. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, August 2020. Formative research findings from the fast-growing Babati town were used to assess the prevalence of sanitation and hygiene practices among individuals and institutions and associated factors.
WASH & COVID-19 UPDATES
New evidence for improving handwashing access and behavior during COVID-19 and beyond. R&E Search for Evidence, August 2020. Each year, USAID and the Global Handwashing Partnership compile the latest evidence around handwashing with soap to raise awareness of the persistent inequalities in handwashing access and practice.
How to mitigate COVID-19 transmission in densely populated areas globally. CDC, August 2020. This document provides suggestions for community mitigation measures in densely populated, international, low-resource settings and describes implementation considerations associated with each measure.
COVID-19 clues in a community’s sewage: 4 questions answered about watching wastewater for coronavirus. The Conversation, August 2020. Researchers around the world are testing wastewater for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, in hopes that what goes down the drain can act as an early warning system for COVID-19 infections in communities.
Pacific’s fight against Covid-19 hamstrung by lack of clean water. The Guardian, August 2020. Access to clean, safe drinking water across the Pacific is the lowest of any region in the world, raising fears for the rapid spread of coronavirus
Shedding of SARS-CoV-2 in feces and urine and its potential role in person-to-person transmission and the environment-based spread of COVID-19. Science of The Total Environment, December 2020.