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.
JOURNAL ARTICLE: Psychosocial Stress Associated with Sanitation Practices - Experiences of Women in a Rural Community in India
This paper features the results of a mixed methods study that examined the sources of sanitation-related psychosocial stress experienced by women and adolescent girls in Pune, India. It finds that fear, lack of cleanliness, indignity, shame and embarrassment due to a lack of privacy were significant sources of open defecation-related stress. Women practicing open defecation were also found to feel stressed and harassed by community leaders trying to enforce open defecation-free policies.
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 draft version of the 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. The final version is due out soon.
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 willingness 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.