Water & Sanitation

WHA Resolution on WASH in Health Care Facilities

One of the agenda items that Member States will take up at WHA is to address the lack of adequate water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) in health care facilities in low- and middle-income countries. In the first-ever global estimates for WASH in health care facilities released by the WHO-UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme In April, showed…

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Member Spotlight: WaterAid

Women in the WASH sector: Is Being Invited to the Party Enough? Following 2018 elections in Ethiopia, a record-breaking number of women now hold leadership positions in the country’s government. But women still struggle to rise up the ranks in other sectors. To mark International Women’s Day, WaterAid Ethiopia Country Director Bethlehem Mengistu shares lessons…

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One in 50: When It Comes To Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, Too Many Health Care Facilities Are Being Left Behind

This blog was written by Danielle Zielinski, Sanitation Policy Project Officer at WaterAid as part of Global Health Council’s Member Spotlight Series. WaterAid is an international not-for-profit determined to reach everyone, everywhere with clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene, within a generation. WaterAid is a 2018 Global Health Council member. When you’re sick, you’re likely…

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To Move Forward Is To Move Together: Creating Collective Action Through Roundtables

This post was written by Melissa Chacko, Policy Associate, Global Health Council. The global health advocacy community is diverse and functions as a conglomerate of roundtables, working groups, and coalitions (hereafter referred to as Roundtables). Roundtables can work independently or collectively, bringing advocates and researchers across various sectors together to discuss global health policy issues and…

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Oh crap, challenges to universal sanitation by 2030

By Bonnie Leko-Shapiro, Consultant, Global Health Council  World Toilet Day is tomorrow November 19. In the intersection of water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) and global health, this is a significant opportunity to highlight the critical need for better sanitation around the world. A new report, Overflowing Cities, The State of the World’s Toilets 2016, from…

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Organizations Make WASH a Top Priority

By Andrew Cooney, Global Health Council  In the wake of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), great strides were made in the area of improved access to clean water. However, this success did not, unfortunately, translate when it came to sanitation and hygiene.[i] As a result, last year when the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were developed, a…

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A celebration for handwashing makes smiles in Haiti

This guest blog was provided by GHC member, IMA World Health, and written by Kara Eberle Mackensia Joseph knows she needs to wash her hands after she uses the latrine at home and at school. The 11-year-old girl understands that she could catch a disease, such as cholera, if she doesn’t. It’s a lesson that was…

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WaSH Policy Research Digest

This WaSH Policy Research Digest, published by The Water Institute at UNC, provides a review of a 2015 WHO and UNICEF report on the status of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in health care facilities in low and middle income countries. In addition, The Water Institute co-authored with WHO and WaterAid an editorial on the…

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Time to keep the promises of achieving sanitation and water for all

This blog was written by Barbara Frost, and cross-posted from WaterAid This week the Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) partnership gathers sector ministers here in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to plan a journey towards the time when our world changes forever: 2030. The United Nations has committed to realizing the Global Goals for Sustainable Development…

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The Fundamental Question About Water

By Hope Randall, Communications Associate, Defeat Diarrheal Disease (DefeatDD) Initiative, PATH. This blog was cross-posted from the Huffington Post. “What can we do without water?” In Nthalire, a remote, dusty village in Malawi, a school teacher asks the obvious question in a classroom with too many empty desks. People are remarkably resilient in less-than-ideal circumstances, but it…

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