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.
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.
In May 2015, SHARE attended and participated in AfricaSan 4 held in Dakar, Senegal. This briefing note documents SHARE’s participation, specifically summarising a one-of-a-kind session we convened on WASH and maternal and newborn health and three on hygiene-related behaviour change at which SHARE researchers presented.
This report documents the findings of a SHARE-funded action-research project on sanitation microfinance in Tanzania. Taking place between December 2013 and January 2015, the project was the culmination of a broader research initiative which investigated how financing for sanitation can be mobilised via the use of microfinance in order to support sustainable access to improved sanitation facilities and/or services. This report describes the activities carried out under the action-research and extracts emerging lessons on the potential for developing sanitation microfinance through capacity building and networking.
This policy brief highlights the often overlooked and enormous potential of hygienic child stool disposal to considerably reduce the prevalence of diarrhoeal diseases.It features new evidence on the determinants of child stool disposal and offers recommendations for the WASH and health sectors.
JOURNAL ARTICLE: Laboratory Development and Field Testing of Sentinel Toys to Assess Environmental Faecal Exposure of Young Children in Rural India
This paper investigates the suitability of different approaches for using sentinel toys as method of assessing young children’s exposure to faecal pathogens in households in low-income settings. It concludes that sentinel toys may offer an effective tool for measuring faecal contamination in a domestic environment, but that further research is required to demonstrate the reliability and sensitivity of sentinel toys and to optimize the procedures for using them.