Sharing Findings in Malawi
Our initial research projects in Malawi have drawn to a close, so last month we decided to hold a series of dissemination workshops across the country to share their key findings and lessons learned. Fresier Maseko, SHARE Research Coordinator in Malawi, reports on these events.
Looking for Pointers on Making WASH Inclusive?
Look no further! We are delighted to announce the publication of a new Compendium of Accessible WASH Technologies, produced by WaterAid and WEDC. It offers excellent guidance for health workers, community volunteers and WASH practitioners working in rural areas of sub-Saharan Africa on how household WASH facilities can be made more accessible for disabled and older people.
Using Wastewater in Urban Agriculture: Risky Behaviour?
With the 2015 Gates Letter highlighting the potential of agriculture to reduce poverty and ensure food security for Africa by 2030, the importance of SHARE-funded PhD student Prince Antwi-Agyei’s research has never been more salient.
And the award goes to...
...SuperAmma! Last month, a SHARE-funded article, Effect of a behaviour-change intervention on handwashing with soap in India (SuperAmma): a cluster-randomised trial, was awarded the one of the first ever Elsevier Atlas Awards, honouring its potential to significantly impact people's lives around the world.
Disseminating Sanitation Microfinance Research in Tanzania
In December 2014, a SanFin-Tz workshop took place in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania to disseminate the preliminary findings of the sanitation microfinance action-research that Tremolet Consulting has been co-leading with Microsave over the past year.
Better WASH = healthier mums and babies
This was the key message of the PLOS Medicine paper launched at LSHTM on 15th December 2014. The launch was attended by more than 100 practitioners, policymakers and researchers from the WASH and maternal and newborn health sectors and a dynamic discussion about the role the excellent opportunity that improved WASH offers for MNH outcomes ensued. The 'Call to Action' paper was praised for offering strong evidence in support of and tangible recommendations for greater inter-sectoral collaboration.
REPORT: Improving Maternal and Newborn Health in Zanzibar - A Needs Assessment of IPC and WASH Across Maternity Units
This report is the last in a series of outputs produced from the maternal health research SHARE has supported in Zanzibar. It summarises the findings of a needs assessment which examined infection prevention control (IPC), WASH and solid waste disposal services in maternity units in Zanzibar. These findings will be used to inform an improvement plan for quality of care in maternity units in Zanzibar.
JOURNAL ARTICLE: Co-producing Inclusive City-Wide Sanitation Strategies - Lessons from Chinhoyi, Zimbabwe
This paper explores how communities in Chinhoyi, Zimbabwe, have used community-led mapping and enumerations to build partnerships with local government to support the development and co-production of innovative pro-poor city-wide sanitation strategies as part of the SHARE City-Wide Sanitation project.
Drawing on the sanitation innovations that were part of the City Wide Sanitation project which took place in Blantyre, Chinhoyi, Dar es Salaam, and Kitwe, this paper reflects upon what an inclusive approach to sanitation might involve. This includes what is possible for low-income households when there is little or no external support, no piped water supply and no city sewers to connect to.
This training guide was produced to assist practitioners in integrating menstrual hygiene management (MHM) into their work and programmes. It is based on the Menstrual Hygiene Matters resource book published in 2012 and presents a range of sessions that explore the key issues and components of MHM programmes. It was developed and tested by WaterAid in its country programmes, with local staff and INGOs and at international training forums and conferences.
JOURNAL ARTICLE: Pit Latrine Emptying Behaviour and Demand for Sanitation Services in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
This paper uses data from a cross-sectional survey to explore the pit latrine emptying practices of and demand for fecal sludge management (FSM) services amongst unplanned communities in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. It finds that existing FSM options are limited and expensive, resulting in pits not being emptied as often as they should be or in a hygienic manner. It also finds a large latent demand for FSM services and a willingess to pay for such services by more than 50% of property owners. The paper also draws out policy recommendations for safe FSM in such settings.
This video was produced by Tremolet Consulting and summarises the action-research they conducted for SHARE in Tanzania in which financial institutions were trained to provide financial services for sanitation. The video places this research project in the broader context and explains why microfinance should be explored further, and potentially, included in sanitation programmes.