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

Wed, 27Aug2014 Comments off

By Infoandina #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   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

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


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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Good short read:PLOS Medicine: ” Editorial” Scaling up Rural Sanitation in India

Tue, 26Aug2014 Comments off #watsan #wash @PLoSMedicine

Linked Research Article

This Perspective discusses the following new study published in PLOS Medicine

Patil SR, Arnold BF, Salvatore AL, Briceno B, Ganguly S, et al. (2014) The Effect of India’s Total Sanitation Campaign on Defecation Behaviors and Child Health in Rural Madhya Pradesh: A Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial. PLoS Med 11(8): e1001709.doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1001709

Sumeet Patil and colleagues conduct a cluster randomized controlled trial to measure the effect of India’s Total Sanitation Campaign on the availability of individual household latrines, defecation behaviors, and child health in Madhya Pradesh.

The WHO-UNICEF Joint Monitoring Program (JMP) for Water and Sanitation, which tracks progress towards the water and sanitation targets of the Millennium Development Goals, estimates that 36% of the world’s population, or 2.5 billion people, lack access to an improved sanitation facility, defined by the JMP as “one that hygienically separates human excreta from human contact” [1]. This situation means that a large proportion of the world’s people live at risk of contamination of their environment by human fecal matter.

Even more striking is the number of people who resort to the euphemistically-named practice of “open defecation”, defined by the JMP as “no facilities or bush or field includes defecation in the bush or field or ditch; excreta deposited on the ground and covered with a layer of earth (cat method); excreta wrapped and thrown into garbage; and defecation into surface water (drainage channel, beach, river, stream or sea)” [2]. Over 1 billion people still practice open defecation, and this sanitation practice has been associated not only with conditions such as diarrhea and helminth infections but also with stunting in children  more…

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Call for students applications for the Master’s program in Humanitarian Water Sanitation and Hygiene (Humanitarian WASH)

Tue, 26Aug2014 Comments off #watsan source: 2iE

As part of the implementation of the « Capacity-building project for the fragile countries through technical staff and engineers training » funded by the African Water Facility which is hosted by the African Development Bank (AfDB-AWF), 2iE calls for students’ applications for the Master’s program in Humanitarian Water Sanitation and Hygiene (Humanitarian WASH) in two versions, Anglophone and Francophone for the academic year 2014-2015.

The advanced Master’s degree Humanitarian WASH allows access to positions of executives/ coordinator/WASH project manager in international development organisms (NGOs, UN Agencies, bilateral or decentralized cooperation organisms, technical and financial partners, etc.). Other job prospects are also possible. In the private and non-profit sectors as a speaker in the WASH and environment area: research departments, works and services companies, NGOs. In the public sector: administrations in charge of the WASH and environment sector, local authorities. more…

“2iE is an international nonprofit association of public utility that has a Headquarters Agreement with Burkina Faso. This agreement allows the Institute to benefit from a privileged status as diplomatic enclave, which facilitates the intake of students and faculties-researchers coming from a wide variety of countries.Genuine Public/Private Partnership, 2iE gathers around common values, Founding States, private companies and institutional, academic and scientific partners.This innovative governance model associates all stakeholders in order to meet common objectives: students’ employability and the strengthening of the innovation and research capacity in Africa.”

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important read: The Namibian – Communities unhappy with dry toilet project

Thu, 21Aug2014 Comments off

link : #watsan #wash #toilet


Communities unhappy with dry toilet project
By Theresia Tjihenuna, Ndanki Kahiurika
GOVERNMENT’S plan to construct over 6 500 dry pit-latrine toilets across the country has been greeted with little appreciation from rural community members who stand to benefit, calling the system inferior.
The construction of the toilets is expected to cost the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry over N$200 million, targeting about 500 toilets per region.

The project, which started in 2009, is part of the National Sanitation Strategy, run by the Directorate of Water Supply and Sanitation Coordination in the agriculture ministry.

So far, more than 1 000 dry pit toilets have been constructed in Omusati, Ohangwena, Oshana and Kunene regions, with 13 tenders awarded.

Some Okakarara community members complained of the unhealthy conditions that come with the construction of dry pit toilets.

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Call For Abstracts: Global Health & Innovation Conference at Yale

Thu, 21Aug2014 Comments off


Global Health & Innovation Conference is currently accepting abstracts for oral and poster presentation.

The first abstract deadline is August 31, and the final abstract deadline is September 30

Global Health & Innovation Conference
Presented by Unite For Sight, 12th Annual Conference
Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Saturday, March 28 – Sunday, March 29, 2015

“A Meeting of Minds”–CNN

The Global Health & Innovation Conference is the world’s largest global health conference and social entrepreneurship conference.  This must-attend, thought-leading conference annually convenes 2,200 leaders, changemakers, students, and professionals from all fields of global health, international development, and social entrepreneurship.  Register now to secure the lowest registration rate:

Interested in presenting at the conference? Submit an abstract for consideration.

To date, the conference’s 300 confirmed speakers include:

Keynote Addresses

  • Gary Cohen, President and Co-Founder, Health Care Without Harm
  • Jeffrey Sachs, PhD, Director of Earth Institute, Columbia University; Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, Professor of Health Policy and Management, Columbia University; Special Advisor to Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon
  • Sonia Ehrlich Sachs, MD, MPH, Director of Health, Millennium Village Project, Earth Institute, Columbia University
  • More speakers TBA

Business Principles in Global Health Speakers

  • “Measurement for Managers: Tools for Decision Making to Advance Health in Developing Countries,” Kim Longfield, Director, Research and Metrics, Population Services International
  • More speakers TBA

Design Thinking Speakers

  • Mariana Amatullo, Vice President, Director, Designmatters Department, Art Center College of Design
  • Cal Bruns, CEO/Chief Creative Incubationist, Matchboxology
  • Ramsey Ford, Visiting Assistant Professor, Industrial Design, University of Cincinnati; Design Director, Design Impact
  • Mark Goulthorpe, Associate Professor, MIT Department of Architecture
  • Meghan Majorowski, Director, Global Health at FSG
  • Meira Neggaz, Senior Program Officer, MSI-US
  • Natacha Poggio, Assistant Professor, Visual Communication Design, Hartford Art School, University of Hartford; Founder, Design Global Change
  • More speakers TBA

Environment Health, Energy, Food and Agriculture Speakers

  • Jessie Cronan, Executive Director, Gardens for Health International
  • Cheryl Dahle, Future of Fish
  • “Why Soy is Unhealthy: It’s NOT What You Think!” Stephanie Seneff, Senior Research Scientist, MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
  • Sasha Kramer, PhD, Co-founder and Executive Director, SOIL; Adjunct Professor of International Studies, University of Miami
  • Debra Shapira, Senior Manager Institutional Relations, Root Capital
  • More speakers TBA

Film, Photography, Art & Global Health Speakers

  • Firdaus Kharas, Chairman, Chocolate Moose Media and Culture Shift
  • Lisa Russell, Emmy-Winning Filmmaker and Global Health Advocate, Governess Films
  • More speakers TBA

Healthcare Delivery Models and Impact Measurement

  • Jane Aronson, MD, CEO, Founder, Worldwide Orphans Foundation; Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Cornell Weill Medical College and Columbia University
  • Shinichi Daimyo, Clinical Program Officer, Partners In Health
  • Martin Edlund, CEO, Malaria No More
  • Gabrielle Fitzgerald
  • Eva Harris, Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology; Director, Center for Global Public Health, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley
  • Kala Mehta, DSc, MPH, Faculty Affiliate, Global Supply Chain Management Forum, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of California, San Francisco
  • Josh Ruxin, Founder and Director, Health Builders
  • Camille Saade, Director, Partnerships,Global Health, Population and Nutrition, fhi360
  • “Closing the Delivery Gap: An Integrated Approach to Health Systems Strenghtening in Togo, West Africa,” Jennifer Schechter, MSW, MPH, Executive Director, Hope Through Health
  • Mohammed Abdus Salem, Country Representative, BRAC Liberia
  • “Quality Assurance in Vision Center and Outreach Eye Screenings,” Sarang Samal, Founder, Kalinga Eye Hospital, NYSASDRI, India; Unite For Sight Partner
  • Harsh Sule, MD, MPP, Assistant Professor and Director of International Emergency Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University & Hospitals
  • More speakers TBA

Health Education and University Education Initiatives in Global Health Speakers

  • “InnovateHealth Yale: A Program in Social Impact and Entrepreneurship — Implementation and Lessons Learned,” Marty Klein, MPH, PhD, Lecturer in Public Health, Associate Dean for Development and External Affairs, Yale University School of Public Health
  • Jordan Levy, Managing Director, Ubuntu Education Fund
  • Tucker Marion, PhD, Associate Professor, Co-Director, High-Technology MBA; Co-Director, Institute for Global Innovation Management; Samuel Altschuler Research Fellow, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group, D’Amore-McKim School of Business, Northeastern University
  • Joia Mukherjee, Associate Professor of Medicine, Associate Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • Richard Skolnik, Lecturer, Department of Health Policy and Management, Yale School of Public Health; Author, “Essentials of Global Health/Global Health 101″
  • Monica Slinkard, MSN, ANP-BC, WHNP-BC, Medical Director, LifeNet International
  • More speakers TBA

Health Policy & Advocacy

  • Rajesh Anandan, Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships and UNICEF Ventures, U.S. Fund for UNICEF
  • Sam Daley-Harris, CEO, Center for Citizen Empowerment and Transformation, A Project of RESULTS Educational Fund
  • Katie Taylor, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Bureau of Global Health, U.S. Agency for International Development
  • John Wilmoth, Director, Population Division, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations
  • More speakers TBA

Maternal and Child Health Speakers

  • Yet Asfaw, Vice President, EngenderHealth
  • “Why the Continuing Siege on Reproductive Rights?” Rebecca Cook, Professor of Law Emerita, FAculty of Law, University of Toronto
  • “In Your Own Words: Digital Youth Story Telling,” Nomi Fuchs-Montgomery, US Country Director, MSI
  • Kirsten Gagnaire, Executive Director, Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action (MAMA)
  • “Just Actions: 10 Transformational Initiatives That Can Deliver the Next Wave of Health and Development Gains,” Leith Greenslade, Vice-Chair Child Health, Office of the UN Special Envoy for Financing the Health Millennium Development Goals and the MDG Health Alliance
  • Latanya Mapp Frett, Vice President, Global Planned Parenthood Federation of America
  • “Mutual Learning and Reverse Innovation: Lessons from the Field,” Tricia Morente, COO, Kangu
  • James Nardella, Executive Director, Lwala Community Alliance
  • More speakers TBA

Mental and Neurological Health Speakers

  • Andy Shih, Senior Vice President, Scientific Affairs, Autism Speaks
  • Stephanie Smith, Health and Policy Advisor for Mental Health, Partners In Health and Inshuti Mu Buzima, Rwanda; Fellow in Psychosomatic Medicine and Psycho-oncology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; Research Fellow, Program in Global Mental Health and Social Change, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • “Global Mental Health and Development,” Chris Underhill, Founder, BasicNeeds
  • More speakers TBA

Other Non-Communicable Diseases Speakers

  • David Bouslough, MD, MPH, FACEP, Assistant Clinical Professor, Director, Division of International Emergency Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University; Director of Life Support Education, Clinical Advisor for Emergency Medicine, Emergency Preparedness, and Palliative Care, LBJ Tropical Medical Center, American Samoa
  • Gene Kwan, MD, Clinical Fellow, Boston Medical Center and Partners In Health
  • “Income Inequality: It’s More Than Just Annoying,” Nader Moinfar, MD, MPH, Diplomate, American Board of Ophthalmology; Fellow, American Society of Retina Specialists; Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Central Florida School of Medicine; Diseases and Surgery of the Retina, Vitreous and Macula, Magruder Eye Institute
  • Mark Roithmayr, Chief Development Officer, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • More speakers TBA

Patient-Centered Initiatives Speakers

  • Peter Doshi, Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research, University of Maryland School of Pharmacology; Associate Editor, The BMJ
  • Richard Siegrist, Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship; Associate Academic Director, MHCM Program; Adjunct Lecturer on Health Care Management, Harvard School of Public Health
  • “How to Restore Trust and Social Responsibility in Medicine,” Leana Wen, MD, MSc, Director, Patient-Centered Care Research, Department of Emergency Medicine, The George Washington University
  • More speakers TBA

Research, Monitoring, and Evaluation Speakers

  • Thomas Chupein, Policy Manager, Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab           
  • Jennifer Galvin, Assistant Professor, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science; Director, Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, Yale School of Medicine
  • “Equitable Research in Global Health Equity: Increasing Technical Capacity and Ownership of Research in Rural Rwanda,” Bethany Hedt-Gauthier, Instructor, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • Peter Speyer, Chief Data & Technology Officer, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation
  • James Tsai, MD, Robert R. Young Professor and Chairman, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Yale University School of Medicine; Chief of Ophthalmology, Yale-New Haven Hospital
  • Daniel Zoughbie, Founder and CEO, Microclinic International; Visiting Scholar, Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law
  • More speakers TBA

Philanthropy and Investment Speakers

  • Diana Ayton-Shenker, Founder & CEO, Global Momenta           
  • David Barash, Executive Director, Global Health Portfolio and Chief Medical Officer, GE Foundation
  • Shubha Kumar, MPH, PhD, Assistant Professor & Director of Programs, University of Southern California (USC)
  • Angela Lee, Founder, 37 Angels; Executive Director of Teaching Excellence and Adunct, Columbia Business School
  • Jennifer Mccrea, Senior Research Fellow, Hauser Institute for Civil Society, Harvard Kennedy School
  • More speakers TBA

Social Enterprise Speakers

  • Molly Christiansen, Director of Research & Partner Development, LivingGoods
  • Dean Cycon, Founder and CEO, Dean’s Beans Organic Coffee Co.
  • “Unreasonable Capital // Investing at the Nexus of Explosive Growth & Impact” Daniel Epstein,Founder & CEO, Unreasonable Institute
  • Tyler Gage, Co-Founder and President, Runa
  • Peter Johnson, Partner, Developing World Markets
  • “Rising Expectations Lift All People,” Rodney North, The Answer Man – Information for the Public and Media, Equal Exchange Coop
  • Rashmi Pillai, Director, Strategic Partnerships & Advisory, Living Goods
  • Joe Whinney, Founder and CEO, Theo Chocolate, Inc.
  • More speakers TBA

Social Entrepreneurship Speakers

  • Ron Bills, Chairman and CEO, Envirofit International
  • “Keeping the Wheels Turning: A Practical Approach to Delivering Health Care to the Hard to Reach,” Andrea Coleman, Co-founder and CEO, Riders for Health
  • Al Hammond, Senior Entrepreneur, Ashoka’s Full Economic Citizenship Program
  • Brian Julius, Owner, Books of Hope LLC
  • “Social Impact Measurement and the Pretense of Knowledge,” Rich Leimsider, Vice President of Fellowship Programs, Echoing Green
  • Matt Nash, CASE Managing Director, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University
  • More speakers TBA

Social Media & Marketing Speakers

  • Charlotte Cole, Blue Butterfly Collaborative
  • “Indiegogo: Crowdfunding for Impact,” Alisa Cordesius, Cause Vertical Manager, Indiegogo
  • “Energy & Impact: Creating Compelling Social Change Campaigns,” Dave DeLuca, Head of Campaigns, Do Something
  • Mehret Mandefro, President and Producer, Truth Aid
  • More speakers TBA

Surgery & Global Health Speakers

  • Scott Corlew, CMO/VP of Medical Affairs, St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital
  • Kathleen Casey
  • Robert Riviello, Instructor, Harvard Medical School
  • “Gratifactions and Hazards of Volunteer Service Abroad,” Aron Rose, MD, Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Yale University School of Medicine; Associate Clinical Professor, Graduate Entry Prespecialty in Nursing, Yale University School of Nursing
  • More speakers TBA

Technology in Global Health Speakers

  • Bobby Jefferson, Director Informatics, Futures Group
  • Shainoor Khoja, Consultant/Previously Managing Director, Roshan Community
  • Kenneth Paik, MD, MBA, Director of Operations, Sana
  • Amish Parashar, Director of Innovation, Triple Ring Technologies
  • Carter Powers, COO, Dimagi, Inc.
  • More speakers TBA

Water and Sanitation Speakers

  • Zafar Adeel, Director, United Nations University, Institute for Water, Environment and Health
  • Ned Breslin, Chief Executive Officer, Water For People
  • Christoph Gorder, Chief Global Water Officer, Charity:Water
  • More speakers TBA

Interactive Workshops

  • Jane Aronson, MD, CEO, Founder, Worldwide Orphans Foundation; Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Cornell Weill Medical College and Columbia University
  • Cal Bruns, CEO/Chief Creative Incubationist, Matchboxology
  • Dean Cycon, Founder and CEO, Dean’s Beans Organic Coffee Co.
  • Perry Dougherty, Director of Institute for Spiritual Formation & Society, Still Harbor
  • “Bioethical Challenges Practicing Medicine in the Developing World,” Aron Rose, MD, Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Yale University School of Medicine; Associate Clinical Professor, Graduate Entry Prespecialty in Nursing, Yale University School of Nursing
  • More speakers TBA

Complete conference details can be seen on the 2015 Global Health & Innovation Conference website.

Register by August 31 for a very reduced early bird rate.

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