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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.

more…

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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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Working with Indigenous Peoples in Rural #Water & #Sanitation, a new report

Wed, 27Aug2014 Comments off

By Infoandina http://ow.ly/ANJv3 #WATSAN

The joint Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and UN Development Programme (UNDP) Water Governance Facility (WGF) released a report, titled ‘Working with Indigenous Peoples in Rural Water and Sanitation: Recommendations for an Intercultural Approach.’

The report aims to examine experiences from the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) Achievement Fund (MDG-F) adapting programmes to meet the needs of indigenous peoples in the context of the elaboration of future Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The report includes sections on: indigenous peoples’ access to water and sanitation services; fundamental principles of the intercultural approach; how to include the intercultural approach in the project cycle; a specific look at sanitation; and final considerations. The report identifies the intercultural approach to rural water supply and sanitation as a means of addressing challenges. It also outlines how to integrate this approach throughout project cycles.

The report is the outcome of a joint project of the WGF and the University of the Autonomous Regions of the Nicaraguan Caribbean Coast (URACCAN) titled ‘Transcultural Transparency in Water and Sanitation Management in Indigenous Communities.’  more

  • Download the complete report from HERE.
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Checkout Free online course: Biology of Water & Health – interdisciplinary approach Nov 4th #edX

Wed, 27Aug2014 Comments off

Nov 4th #edX http://ow.ly/ALezI   from Tufts University

A uniquely interdisciplinary approach to critical water and water-related health challenges across the globe.

About this Course

This course examines increasingly critical water-related issues through a distinctly global and interdisciplinary lens. Participants will explore the multi-faceted ways in which water and human health are inter-related, including the influence of waterborne pathogens on human and environmental health and the central role of water in preserving health through adequate sanitation and hygiene. The course focuses on the importance of water, sanitation and hygiene to maternal and child nutrition and growth, and encourages participants to explore social, economic, and behavioral dimensions in a global, multi-dimensional context.

Course participants will learn to understand the complex interdependence of social, economic, and scientific perspectives involved in addressing critical water-related challenges. The unique interdisciplinary approach of this course gives the general public, as well as health professionals in a variety of fields, a provocative introduction to the public health and human engineering components involved in the provision of safe water and sanitation. It provides an interdisciplinary framework for understanding the place of water in health policy and engineering by helping participants give informed voice to the ways in which water is involved in social interactions, belief systems, and the economics of an increasingly interconnected and interdependent world. more

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a Worthy read: @PLoSMedicine: : Effect of India’s Total #Sanitation Campaign on Defecation Behaviors & Child Health

Tue, 26Aug2014 Comments off

from  @PLoSMedicine  http://ow.ly/ALdxS

The Effect of India’s Total Sanitation Campaign on Defecation Behaviors and Child Health in Rural Madhya Pradesh: A Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial

  • Sumeet R. Patil mail, Benjamin F. Arnold, Alicia L. Salvatore, Bertha Briceno, Sandipan Ganguly, John M. Colford Jr, Paul J. Gertler
  •  Published: August 26, 2014 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001709

Background

Poor sanitation is thought to be a major cause of enteric infections among young children. However, there are no previously published randomized trials to measure the health impacts of large-scale sanitation programs. India’s Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC) is one such program that seeks to end the practice of open defecation by changing social norms and behaviors, and providing technical support and financial subsidies. The objective of this study was to measure the effect of the TSC implemented with capacity building support from the World Bank’s Water and Sanitation Program in Madhya Pradesh on availability of individual household latrines (IHLs), defecation behaviors, and child health (diarrhea, highly credible gastrointestinal illness [HCGI], parasitic infections, anemia, growth). more…

 

 

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