Global Waters Stories – November 2019: Celebrate World Toilet Day
World Toilet Day 2019: These Countries are Making Sanitation Gains with USAID’s Help
As we celebrate the transformative public health impacts of improved sanitation this November 19, USAID takes you from Ethiopia to Indonesia in this photo essay to showcase how innovative thinking, government action, and private sector participation have helped generate some of the greatest recent sanitation success stories around the world.
Strengthening Urban Indonesia’s Water and Sanitation Systems – USAID is working with Indonesia’s government and private sector to tackle the challenge of untreated waste through the regulation of sludge removal and provision of financing for septic tank construction.
Podcast: 2019 Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking Water Report – Global Waters Radio presents the WHO’s Bruce Gordon and USAID’s Oliver Subasinghe discussing this report’s key takeaways and how its data help inform the Agency’s approach to WASH investments
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Taking the Pulse of a Water Lifeline to Hundreds of Millions
Asia’s great mountain ranges feed vast river systems that deliver snow melt, glacier ice melt, and rainwater to millions of people in downstream communities.
But these resources are declining. USAID–supported efforts to unlock their secrets is helping prepare these communities for a more water-variable future. Read more.
Global Water and Development Report Released
USAID’s annual Global Water and Development Report provides funding data and spotlights country activities. A new companion page tracks how the Agency delivers results to millions.
Raising Voices to Save Water in the Ararat Valley
To address groundwater loss in Armenia, PURE Water promotes civic engagement, good governance, and increased transparency of water management policies and systems. Read more.
Saving Livelihoods One Drop at a Time
The Lebanon Water Project is helping the country better manage its water resources through small grants that improve the quality and quantity of water available to parched farmers. Read more.
Check out Recent Issues of Water Currents
For the latest water-related research, resources, and news, check out recent issues: Handwashing Research | Peri-Urban Sanitation. Or visit Globalwaters.org for back issues.
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Links to the news articles below can by found in the USAID in the News section of the Globalwaters.org website. Be sure to check out the website for updates on USAID WASH-related activities and publications:
- Zimbabwe – Solar Garden Changes Lives in Rural Gwanda
- Vietnam – USAID Launches Water Supply Systems in Thanh Hoa Province
- As Global Population Grows, This Global Collaboration Works To Ensure Adequate Food And Water
- Leveraging Satellites and the Internet of Things, SweetSense Facilitates Water Service Access in Kenya and Water Resource Management in California
- Water Security in an Uncertain Future: Enhancing Water Resources Management and Planning by Reducing Climate and Weather Related Risks
- USAID Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) – Meet Our Experts: Trevor White
Read more news articles.
The latest edition of Global Waters Stories from the USAID Water Office is out now:
- Menstrual hygiene promotion empowers girls and women in Ghana
- A podcast with water expert and engineer Eric Viala about water challenges in the Sahel
- Harnessing the power of private sector partnerships to improve urban water security in the Philippines and more.
Be sure to explore the latest issue.
By SSH4A Tanzania
In Tanzania, SNV has developed, under the Sustainable Sanitation and Hygiene For All programme, two innovative approaches to sustain handwashing with soap and open defecation free status in rural communities. These are triggering with soap at vaccination centres and Jirani (neighbours) sanitation groups.
The first intervention consists of triggering at vaccination centres as they were found to be ideal places to raise awareness of the importance of washing hands with soap among pregnant women, mothers and other caregivers.
The second intervention is based on having neighbours who monitor the sanitation and hygiene progress of the households closest to their homes and sensitise other neighbours on the importance of building, taking care of, and improving sanitation and handwashing facilities.
The following case studies provide practical information for implementing the interventions, and brief discussions on the remaining challenges and lessons learned by the SNV team and their partners on the ground:
SSH4A Tanzania, 2019. Emotional demonstrations (emo-demos) of handwashing with soap at vaccination centres. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania: SNV Tanzania. 8 p. Download case study
SSH4A Tanzania, 2019. Jirani sanitation groups : sustaining open defecation free status in Tanzania. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania: SNV Tanzania Download case study
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Tagged case studies, gender, handwashing, hygiene behaviour, open defecation free, rural sanitation, SNV Tanzania, SSH4A, vaccination
The Sanitation Economy in Agriculture: Sector Level Opportunities, New Toolbox, and Case Study. Toilet Board Coalition, November 2018.
Sanitation systems have a material impact on agriculture – on the soil, on the water, and
on the people who work and live on plantations. Improving sanitation in agricultural businesses will:
- Improve the health of workers and their families, increasing well-being and
- Eliminate open defecation and environmental contamination of soil and
- Reduce climate change impact through reduction of methane emissions