Policy and advocacy for sanitation

Evidence Paper on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (DFID)

cover DFID Evidence Paper

This WASH evidence paper aims to provide an accessible guide to existing evidence including a conceptual framework for understanding how WASH impacts on health and well-being and a description of methods used for ascertaining the health, economic and social impacts of WASH. The paper was commissioned by the DFID Water and Sanitation (WASH) and Research and Evidence Division (RED) teams and undertaken by the DFID-funded Sanitation and Hygiene Applied Research for Equity (SHARE) research programme consortium.

Date: 28 May 2013

Elevating the profile of sanitation in Ngora District, Uganda

Uganda joined the rest of the world in commemorating sanitation week in March 2013. On the 19th March 2013 the annual event was held in Ngora district. Plan Uganda and other partners supported the Ministry of Health and the district in organizing an event with the theme 'Open Defecation is a shame, use a latrine'. Read an article about the celebrations and activities that took place to mark this day.

Shun open defecation, Ogun rural dwellers urged

Rural dwellers across Ogun State have been enjoined to shun open defecation and endeavour to construct latrines for appropriate disposal of their feaces. Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Rural Development in the state, Mrs Olayinka Kukoyi gave this charge at a training programme for facilitators on the Community-Led-Total sanitation (CLTs) Approaches, an initiative of the Federal and state governments. Represented by the Programme Manager, Rural Water and Sanitation Agency (RUWATSAN), Mr Olatokunbo Sonde, Mrs.

Aregbesola’s wife warns Fulani communities against open defecation

Wife of the Osun State governor, Mrs. Sherifat Aregbesola has warned Fulani communities  in the state against open defecation practices, saying such  practice was inimical to healthy living and growth in the society. Addressing Fulani residents in Gaatepatan  in Ejigbo Local Government Area of Osun State, during a one-day sensitisation meeting, Mrs.

Open Defecation still a problem in the Volta Region

Chiefs, the media, religious and civil society organisations in the Volta Region have been called to join forces using religious norms to wash the incidence of Open Defecation (OD) in the region. About 50 percent of the population of the region was said to engage in the practice, with 31 percent doing so daily, Mr Ben Arthur, Executive Secretary of the Coalition of Non Governmental Organisation in Water and Sanitation (CONIWAS) observed at a workshop.

Childhood Pneumonia and Diarrhoea (Lancet Series)

The Lancet Series on Childhood Pneumonia and Diarrhoea, led by Aga Khan University, Pakistan, provides evidence for integrated control efforts for childhood pneumonia and diarrhoea. The first paper assesses the global burden of these two illnesses, comparing and contrasting them, and includes new estimates of severe disease and updated mortality estimates for 2011. Findings from the second paper show that a set of highly cost-effective interventions can prevent most diarrhoea deaths and nearly two thirds of pneumonia deaths by 2025, if delivered at scale.

Date: 27 April 2013

WHO/UNICEF: New plan to address pneumonia and diarrhoea could save 2 million children a year

WHO and UNICEF launched a new Global Action Plan on the 12th April 2013 with the aim of saving up to 2 million children every year from deaths caused by pneumonia and diarrhoea, some of the leading killers of children under five globally.  The Integrated Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Pneumonia and Diarrhoea calls for closer integration of efforts to prevent and treat these two diseases and sets ambitious targets to reduce mortality rates and raise levels of children’s access to life-saving interventions.

Community leaders urged to support drive to stop open defecation

Mr Richard Ahiagbede, Ho Municipal Health Officer has asked chiefs and opinion leaders in 16 communities in the Municipal area to co-operate in the drive to stop open defecation.
Mr Ahiagbede was speaking at a start-up workshop on Water and Sanitation and Health (WASH) Programme of the Ghana Government and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). The Programme, initiated in 2012, seeks to among others, encourage Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) drive against Open Defecation in rural communities.


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