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Wed, 20Aug2014 Leave a comment

@tdh_ch #EcoSan #toilet implementation in a Indian village : on Vimeo http://ow.ly/AvUbl

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Urban #Water Supply Guide: Service delivery options for low-income communities

Tue, 19Aug2014 Leave a comment

Urban #Water Supply Guide: Service delivery options for low-income communities – by @WSUPUK http://ow.ly/AtbwO #WASH4all #WATSAN

Providing improved water supply to low-income urban communities is a difficult challenge faced by water utilities throughout Africa and Asia. This guide provides an introduction to available options for serving these communities. The guide draws on sector experience in general, and more particularly on WSUP’s extensive experience of implementing urban WASH programmes in sub-Saharan Africa and elsewhere.

This guide is aimed primarily at executive and technical staff in water utilities and related organisations, such as asset-holders and regulators. It will also be useful for WASH professionals working in governments, development agencies, funding agencies or civil society organisations.

Download/ more…..

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Important read: Why Global Health Resear

Wed, 06Aug2014 Comments off

Important read: Why Global Health Researchers Should Climb Down From the Ivory Tower http://ow.ly/A2ZHH #globalheath #ORT

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Wed, 06Aug2014 Comments off

@PlosOne Paper: User Perceptions of Shared #Sanitation among Rural Households – #Indonesia & #Bangladesh http://ow.ly/A0ccJ #watsan

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  • Kali B. Nelson,  Jonathan Karver, Craig Kullman, Jay P. Graham mail
    • Published: August 04, 2014
    • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0103886

“…Simple distinctions between improved and unimproved sanitation facilities tend to misrepresent the variability observed among households sharing sanitation facilities. Our results suggest that private improved sanitation is consistently preferred over any other sanitation option. An increased number of users appeared to negatively affect toilet cleanliness, and lower levels of cleanliness were associated with lower levels of satisfaction. However, when sanitation facilities were clean and shared by a limited number of households, users of shared facilities often reported feeling both satisfied and safe….”  read more

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Urine-tricity: ‘Pee Power’ to Generate

Tue, 05Aug2014 Comments off

Urine-tricity: ‘Pee Power’ to Generate Electricity for Charging Mobile Devices http://ow.ly/A0bIV
#urine #sanitation #electricity

By   August 5, 2014 10:44 BST  IBTimes Co., Ltd.

…Starting from fossil fuels, through nuclear and renewable energies such as solar, wind, water and even agricultural waste, we have come across numerous sources of electricity. But what abouturine? Can “pee power” also generate electricity?

Yes, say scientists.

Researchers from the Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL), a collaboration between the University of the West of England and the University of Bristol in the UK, are working on the second phase of a project called ‘urine-tricity’ to harness the power of urine to charge devices such as smartphones… Read more

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India’s #Toilet Race Failing as Villages

Mon, 04Aug2014 Comments off

India’s #Toilet Race Failing as Villages Don’t Use Them – Bloomberg http://ow.ly/zXbDs #sanitation

By Kartikay Mehrotra Aug 4, 2014 12:32 AM ET bloomberg.com

“….Targets for construction of toilets are somewhat irrelevant to resolving the sanitation problem,” said Yamini Aiyar, director of policy research group Accountability Initiative in New Delhi. “Building toilets does not mean that people will use them and there seems to be a host of cultural, social and caste-based reasons for that. People need to be taught the value of sanitation.”

In most cases, that isn’t happening. More than half of the country’s sanitation education budget since 1999 hasn’t been spent, according to the Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanitation. In at least five of India’s poorest states, the majority of people in households with a government latrine don’t use it, according to a survey of 3,200 rural households by theResearch Institute for Compassionate Economics in the capital.

The government has set Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birthday in 2019 as its target for achieving “total sanitation,” including access to toilets for all 1.2 billion residents, Finance Minister Arun Jaitleysaid in his budget speech on July 10. While Jaitley doubled spending on new toilets to 40 billion rupees, the ratio of those funds that can be spent on information, education and communication, remains at 15 percent.

Photographer: Kartikay Mehrotra/Bloomberg

Sunita’s family toilet and a sign marking the government’s construction under their… Read More

 

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good read: National Water and Sanitation

Thu, 31Jul2014 Comments off

good read: National Water and Sanitation Summit: why it is important for #SouthAfrica? http://ow.ly/zMSpg #watersecurity #wash #watsan

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Rose George to speak at IF Water Confere

Thu, 24Jul2014 Comments off

Rose George to speak at IF Water Conference #IFWater14 @rosegeorge3 @WaterStep @fcousteau http://ow.ly/zyZuU #WATSAN #WASH

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#Syria A lack of #water and #sanitation

Thu, 24Jul2014 Comments off

#Syria A lack of #water and #sanitation in displaced communities leads to a rise in #communicablediseases – IFRC http://ow.ly/zyYcg

Published: 24 July 2014 11:08 CET

A woman collecting washing at the Al Adlieh shelter in Rural Damascus, Syria. Living in close quarters with many other families makes it essential to keep clothes and bedding clean to prevent the risk of skin diseases and lice. The Syrian Arab Red Crescent have installed water tanks at this shelter. Ibrahim Malla/IFRC

A woman collecting washing at the Al Adlieh shelter in Rural Damascus, Syria. Living in close quarters with many other families makes it essential to keep clothes and bedding clean to prevent the risk of skin diseases and lice. Ibrahim Malla/IFRC…..
 

 

By Penny Sims, IFRC

Polluted water supplies, hot weather and serious water shortages are bringing the threat of disease to vulnerable communities in Syria. Clinics and health volunteers are already seeing an increase in hepatitis A, typhoid and diarrhoea, and skin complaints, especially from internally displaced people (IDPs) living in communal shelters.

A toxic combination of crowded unsanitary living conditions, cuts to some regular water supplies and contamination of alternative water sources makes for a worrying situation.

- See more at: http://www.ifrc.org/en/news-and-media/news-stories/middle-east-and-north-africa/syria/a-lack-of-water-and-sanitation-in-displaced-communities-leads-to-a-rise-in-communicable-diseases/#sthash.ynQMcRLh.dpuf

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Global map:interactive Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas

Sat, 19Apr2014 Comments off

Global map:interactive Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas | World Resources Institute http://ow.ly/vWNmi #water4all #water security

Aqueduct’s global water risk mapping tool helps companies, investors, governments, and other users understand where and how water risks and opportunities are emerging worldwide. The Atlas uses a robust, peer reviewed methodology and the best-available data to create high-resolution, customizable global maps of water risk.

Water scarcity is one of the defining issues of the 21st century. In its Global Risks 2013 report, the World Economic Forum identified water supply crises as one of the highest impact and most likely risks facing the planet. With the support of a diverse group of partners, the World Resources Institute built Aqueduct to help companies, investors, governments, and communities better understand where and how water risks are emerging around the world.

The World Resources Institute is committed to transparency and open data. The data and methodology behind Aqueduct are documented and available for download.

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