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.
Join us for the launch of a new PLOS Medicine
On 15th December we're launching an important new paper “From joint thinking to joint action: A call to action on improving water, sanitation and hygiene for maternal and newborn health” at LSHTM. Come and join the discussion and hear from keynote speakers, Dr Maria Neira, Director of Public Health and Environment at WHO, and Ms Jane Edmondson, Head of Human Development at UK DFID.
SHARE marks World Toilet Day
SHARE was very kindly invited to mark World Toilet Day by displaying some of our research at DFID. This was an excellent opportunity for us to further disseminate our findings amongst policymakers and practitioners and shine a light on our contribution to ending defecation globally through generating rigorous research.
Improving sanitation to ‘STOP Stunting’
On 10th November 2014, SHARE Research Director, Professor Sandy Cairncross, gave an informative guest presentation on the links between sanitation and stunting at the ‘STOP Stunting Regional Conference on Nutrition in South Asia’.
Senior officials throw down the gauntlet to SHARE's research in India
At the 'Sanitation and Women in India' conference held in Delhi last week, representatives from the Government of India’s Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare praised SHARE and WSSCC's research and requested that the audience formulate a list of clear, evidence-based recommendations that could inform official Swachh Bharat Abhiyan guidelines.
SHARE trains Kyrgyzstani officials
SHARE and LSHTM were delighted to be approached by UNICEF Kyrgyzstan to organise and deliver an informative one-week training course for 11 public health professionals from the Ministry of Health, national NGOs and international organisations in Kyrgyzstan.
How we're disseminating research in Malawi
This month, Rochelle blogs on sharing the findings of the ‘Private Sector Participation in the Delivery of Sanitation and Hygiene Services’ research project with researchers, policymakers, practitioners and activists at the 15th WaterNet Symposium and the 2014 Annual Meeting of WES Network in Malawi.
Two new blogs from Zanzibar
Sally Faulkner, Senior Programme Coordinator for Research at WaterAid Tanzania, blogs about progress on the SHARE-funded research project ‘Improving Maternal Health through Improved WASH’ including:
1. Data collection and analysis
2. Interpretation Workshop
SHARE’s research hits the radio waves
Findings from several SHARE-funded research projects were the subject of a dynamic debate, the 'Urban Talks', between researchers, Government of Malawi officials, policy makers, practitioners and members of the public, broadcasted live on Malawi’s Zodiak radio station on 26th October 2014.
JOURNAL ARTICLE: From joint thinking to joint action: A call to action on improving water, sanitation and hygiene for maternal and newborn health
This paper, authored by scientists and technical experts from leading universities and international agencies, outlines the importance of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) for maternal and newborn health (MNH) outcomes and calls for greater inter-sectoral collaboration. It was launched at LSHTM on 15th December 2014.
In this video Professor Sandy Cairncross, SHARE Research Director, shares his thoughts on why reducing stunting is such a priority for South Asia. Professor Cairncross attended the STOP Stunting Conference in New Delhi (November 2014) to deliver a presentation on the links between sanitation and stunting.
JOURNAL ARTICLE: Getting the basics right - the role of water, sanitation and hygiene in maternal and reproductive health; a conceptual framework
This paper explores linkages between WASH and maternal and perinatal health via a conceptual approach and a scoping review. Although acknowledging that major gaps exist, the authors conclude that existing evidence strongly suggests that poor WASH influences maternal and reproductive health outcomes.
JOURNAL ARTICLE: A Simple Microbiological Tool to Evaluate the Effect of Environmental Health Interventions on Hand Contamination
This paper finds that a simple microbiological test – placing fingertips on a chromogenic agar that stains Enterococcus spp. and E. coli spp – is unsuitable for evaluating handwashing promotion interventions in highly contaminated environments. This is due to quick recontamination rates in such settings and the test reflecting risk practices preceding taking of the sample.
This video supports the 2014 SHARE-funded 'Sanitation Vulnerability: Women's Stresses and Struggles for Violence-free Sanitation' study and features women from the slums of Pune, India, talking about their sanitation experiences.
BRIEFING NOTE: Sanitation Vulnerabilities - Women's stresses and struggles for violence-free sanitation
This note summarises the research findings of a SHARE and WSSCC funded study in India seeking to identify whether gendered violence is symptomatic of power inequalities in society and whether those inequalities manifest themselves in women's psycho-social stress and translate into women's decisions about where to relieve themselves. It was presented at the UNC 2014 Water and Health Conference: Where Science Meets Policy and the Sanitation and Women in India: Research Findings conference held in Delhi, India 7-8 November 2014. It was presented at the UNC 2014 Water and Health Conference: Where Science Meets Policy and the Sanitation and Women in India: Research Findings conference held in Delhi, India 7-8 November 2014.