SHARE Heads to Stockholm
Next week SHARE will be joining the gliteratti of the WASH world for World Water Week 2015. We are delighted to be co-convening three side events on: gender and social equity post-2015, WASH and nutrition, and scaling up sanitation microfinance. Come and join us for what promise to be scintillating discussions! We look forward to seeing lots of you there.
Groundbreaking SHARE Research Featured by the BBC!
SHARE research showing that poor sanitation is linked to adverse pregnancy outcomes has been covered by the BBC today. This study, conducted in India and published in PLOS Medicine, shows for the first time that women who defecate in the open are more likely to delivery prematurely or give birth to a baby with low weight than those who use toilets.
Free from 5:30-8pm on 11th May?
Then why not join us for an international seminar on WASH programmes’ sustainability and value-for-money? Panellists will include: Girish Menon of WaterAid, Felicidade Paulo of the National Directorate of Water in Mozambique, Nicolas Osbert of UNICEF Zambia, and Laura Wescott of DFID, and its free to register.
Thought-provoking Toolkit Training
Great news - our Violence, Gender and WASH Practitioners’ Toolkit continues to be in high demand this year, featuring in two training events in March alone! Access the Rural Water Supply Network webinars (English and French versions available) to find out what all the fuss is about.
Calling All Practitioners!
We're in the process of publishing a new training guide with lots of helpful plans and tips on how to integrate menstrual hygiene management into your work. Download the draft version now and read on to learn how WaterAid has been piloting the training guide's sessions. Final version to be posted soon.
Report Reveals Inadequate WASH Causes 842,000 Diarrhoeal Deaths
A project which brought together academics from 14 institutions - including SHARE researchers from LSHTM - to estimate the global burden of diarrhoeal diseases from poor WASH and reassess the effectiveness of WASH interventions has culminated in WHO publishing a new report showing that 842,000 diarrhoeal deaths - 1.5% of the total global disease burden - are caused by inadequate WASH. Find out how.
Why Sanitation, Spearhead of Urban Improvement in the 19th Century, Has Become the Laggard of the 21st
Drawing on a recently published paper in 'World Development', Gordon McGranahan of IIED considers why, given we seem to have the know-how, there are still so many people in cities without decent sanitation.
Reflections of a PhD Student
Want to know what investigating socioeconomic dynamics and sanitation sustainability in the informal settlements of Kisumu entails? Read Sheillah Simiyu's new blog to find out.
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.
This document brings together all the presentations delivered at the GLUK-SHARE convened one-day Sanitation Research Symposium that took place in Kisumu, Kenya in April 2015. The agenda is also included for information.
In April 2015, the Great Lakes University Kisumu and SHARE convened a one-day Sanitation Research Symposium in Kisumu, Kenya, that brought together key stakeholders from Kenya’s sanitation sector to focus on challenges of post-2015 Development Goals. This note summarises the presentations and discussions that took place.
With 165 million children suffering from chronic undernutrition and 52 million suffering from acute malnutrition, more concerted and cross-sectoral action is needed. Improving water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in the context of nutrition programming offers one important opportunity to do this. This paper summarises the evidence for the impact of poor sanitation on nutritional outcomes - with a spotlight on India - and highlights the potential offered by greater integration of WASH within nutrition policy and programmes. It offers recommendations for policymakers, practitioners and researchers. This brief was first produced with UNICEF India as a background paper for the STOP Stunting Conference held in Delhi in November 2014.
Due to the multiple pathways through which poor access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) may adversely impact maternal and newborn health (MNH) outcomes, the time to act has arrived. This briefing paper documents the state of the evidence on WASH and MNH and the SHARE Consortium’s contribution to our understanding, highlights opportunities for future research, and offers insights that could influence policy and improve programming in both sectors globally. In doing so, it offers a powerful argument in favour of using WASH to support efforts on MNH to leverage greater progress in reducing maternal and neonatal mortality, and offers concrete recommendations as to how this opportunity might be seized.
JOURNAL ARTICLE: Risk of Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes among Women Practicing Poor Sanitation in Rural India: A Population-Based Prospective Cohort Study
A population-based prospective cohort study was carried out in rural India to ascertain whether poor sanitation contributes to adverse pregnancy outcomes (APOs) - premature birth or low birth weight. This pioneering study provides the first ever evidence that open defecation is associated with a higher risk of APOs. It highlights the need for research into the the biological and behavioural mechanisms through which limited access to improved sanitation leads to APOs.
In May 2015, SHARE attended and participated in AfricaSan 4 held in Dakar, Senegal. This PDF comprises of the presentations given at a one-of-a-kind session we convened on WASH and maternal and newborn health.