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Certificate Course in Water and Sanitation

Tue, 30Sep2014 Leave a comment

Capacity Africa Institute is pleased to announce a certificate online and distance learning Course in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Management Start date: 1st November 2014 .Course End: 1st January 2015

Overall Course Overview:

This basic course outlines the evidence base for WASH as a major contributor to health and wider community development. It outlines the key interventions to be implemented, the relative effectiveness of each component on the disease burden, the practicalities of delivery (i.e. achieving good hygiene behaviors’) indicators of performance and methods for measuring impact. The course provides an understanding of WASH in the context of wider public health challenges and illustrates the practical interventions necessary to deliver on health and wider development/emergency needs. Course Objectives: By the end of this course, a student assessed as competent against this qualification will be able to: Understand public health and appreciate the current and future disease burden in developing countries Correlate WASH and Environmental Health with Public Health (including nutrition) in the context of community development Understand the practicalities around community water supply, waste management (including drainage), and related environmental health issues for effective community hygiene promotion Examine indicators of performance in WASH and wider environmental health.

Course Organizers: Capacity Africa Institute (www.capacityafrica.com) more…

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UNITAR is launching a new session of the e-learning course Governance in Urban Sanitation

Wed, 17Sep2014 Comments off

The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) is launching a new session of the e-learning course Governance in Urban Sanitation, from Monday 6 October to Friday 12 December 2014.

Course goal

This course aims to enhance the capacity of local decision-makers and sanitation professionals to make enlightened decisions and investments in urban sanitation. It provides analytical tools to understand the financial and institutional framework of the sanitation sector, taking into account the needs of urban poor communities.

Methodology

This 4-module course is based on UNITAR’s sound adult learning pedagogical principles. The modules include interactive lessons and illustrated narratives that introduce the participant to the conceptual foundations of governance in urban sanitation. Taking advantage of the opportunities of technology-enhanced learning, the learning materials are presented through various media such as text, graphs, images and video material, which contribute to better retention and enhance the learning process

Participants engage in the development of a case study, where they can apply the knowledge gained to a real-life scenario. Peer reviews and discussion forums are the other core elements of the course, organized to create collective knowledge and to facilitate interaction and experience sharing. Each module also includes self-assessment exercises as well as quizzes. A high level sanitation expert guides participants through all the learning activities.

Please see the flyer attached for further details on course description, content and workload.

For any inquiry, feel free to contact us at e-dcp@unitar.org

How to register:

Registration is open online at http://www.unitar.org/event/sanitation2014

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Peru Seeks Private Funding for $19 Billion of Water Works

Wed, 17Sep2014 Comments off

Peru is seeking investors for $19 billion of projects through 2021 to help improve access to potable water and sanitation in the South American country.

more: http://ow.ly/BCUdz

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INDIACSR Invites Speakers for its 1st #S

Mon, 01Sep2014 Comments off

source  http://ow.ly/AXGCM

New Delhi: INDIACSR the largest Indian business network for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is organizing first Indian Sanitation Summit 2014 themed ‘Sanitation for all- Toilet First’ in New Delhi in December 18-19, 2014.

The India Sanitation Summit will involve some of the most reputable and competent national and world renowned speakers from government and private sectors, research agencies, innovators, social scientists and thought leaders dealing in sanitation and toiletries industries in the country. There will be 50 speakers and 300 participants projected in these 2 days exclusive summit.

We invite speakers for our mega summit on sanitation to contribute towards the ever growing knowledge on Sanitation and toilet innovation and share ideas, knowledge and experience on best practices and discuss collaborative projects between governments, organization and its stakeholder –the society. Travel and accommodation are to be managed by speakers by their own. There will be no provision of reimbursement of TA and DA by the organizers.

Speakers from manufacturers, technology providers and products category kindly refer sponsorship page of summit website (to be released soon) for details of terms and conditions for registration.

Your expertise and knowledge in the field expressed through your speeches, presentations and case studies would highlight thought provoking activities and facilitate knowledge transfer across the august gathering in the following areas and related sub-areas: more…

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for real??? All Delhi slums to have # Toilets,sanitation plan

Mon, 01Sep2014 Comments off

source http://ow.ly/AXGh4 #watsan #wash

An advisory panel to devise sanitation strategy in slums has been constituted

As announced by the Prime Minister in his Independence Day speech to provide toilet facilities in cities, villages and slums, the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB) has decided to provide toilet facilities to all slum-dwellers in all localities and slums in the national capital. The board has planned the slum sanitation strategy for cleanliness and for providing toilet facilities to slum dwellers in the national capital.

“The board has planned to provide sanitation facilities as well as upgrading the existing toilets and providing new toilets with the modern facilities in the slum clusters. It is the mandate of the DUSIB to rehabilitate slum the dwellers, and providing toilets facilities in jhuggijhopri clusters. The finance minister has also announced for providing toilets in slums and JJ clusters, while presenting the Delhi Budget for the year,” chief executive officer of DUSIB Amar Nath said.

He further said that   more…

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Planning for Improved Urban Environmental Health through Rapid Participatory Assessment of Sanitation Systems

Mon, 01Sep2014 Comments off

source  http://ow.ly/AXFuy #WASH

Abstract

It is widely recognised that in low-income urban communities throughout the developing world, urban environmental health is adversely impacted upon inadequate or dysfunctional sanitation systems. Responding to this situation and designing interventions to effectively mitigate these risks requires an understanding of critical points in the sanitation service delivery chain which are sources of hazardous events.

The training workshop was co-organized by the International Water Association, the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University and the World Health Organization; each of whom are engaged on activities related to sanitation system risk assessment and will provide specific technical input and support to facilitate the training.

 The training was based on a framework for understanding risk in relation to hazardous events, exposure and vulnerability, which can be used as the basis for unpacking the interrelating and compounding factors related to disease transmission. It aimed to promote an understanding of how external factors can exacerbate the frequency and/or intensity of these hazardous events, the resultant exposure by local residents and their vulnerabilities to infection.

 The workshop enabled participants to understand how a process of participatory risk assessment can help stakeholders understand and respond to these health risks and the application of various risk assessment tools that can support this process. The interactive workshop helped participants learn from eachothers’ knowledge and experiences in order to broaden their perceptions and understanding of risk.  

 Learning objectives

  1. Understanding the concept of risk assessment as applied to sanitation systems
  2. Introduction to tools for rapid assessment of health risks associated with sanitation systems
  3. Improved understanding of environmental health risks resulting in better programming of sanitation interventions.

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Good read: USAID Needs to Bring Together #Water & #Sanitation with Fresh Water Conservation and Climate Resilience

Thu, 28Aug2014 Comments off

http://ow.ly/AQowv

Elizabeth Shope’s Blog

It’s surprising that in the 21st Century, nearly 750 million people lack access to safe drinking water and 2.5 billion people –more than one-third of the world’s population—don’t have an adequate place to go the bathroom. This is so, despite decades of work and dedicating substantial resources to reduce severe poverty, including the lack of safe drinking water and safe sanitation faced by billions of people.

I am the author of an issue brief published by the Natural Resources Defense Council today, Connecting Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene with Fresh Water Conservation and Climate Resilience: The Need to Facilitate Integration in Development Assistance, making the case that development projects intended to help these vulnerable populations need to be better integrated and take into account the potential impacts of climate change. It reveals barriers that exist today that should be overcome. And it suggests steps that the U.S. Agency for International Development, a key player in world efforts to reduce poverty, can take to improve integration in development assistance, which is critical to helping solve major humanitarian challenges. more

from  Switchboard: “Switchboard is the staff blog of the Natural Resources Defense Council, the nation’s most effective environmental group. For more about our work, including in-depth policy documents, action alerts and ways you can contribute, visitNRDC.org.”

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