April 2013: Management of solid or liquid wastes in rural areas is much easier and profitable business than in urban areas due to the fact that it is mostly organic in nature and does not contain toxic compounds. In rural areas, waste can be safely reused for beneficial purposes with limited resources. This handbook aims to provide complete information on sustainable technologies for waste water as well as solid wastes for rural areas.
Apr 10, 2013: Understanding the mechanisms by which children are excluded from WASH in Schools is essential to ensuring adequate and equitable access for all school-aged children.
‘Equity of Access to WASH in Schools’ presents findings from a six-country study conducted by UNICEF and the Center for Global Safe Water at Emory University. This research was carried out in collaboration with UNICEF country offices in Kyrgyzstan, Malawi, the Philippines, Timor-Leste, Uganda and Uzbekistan and their partners.
Mar 29, 2013: India’s urban water-sanitation crisis is staggering: Less than 50 percent of slums have drainage facilities of any kind, while an estimated 75 million people (approximately 81 percent of the slum population in India) lack access to any kind of toilet. The situation with respect to drinking water is not much better, with the majority of slum dwellers lacking access to consistent and adequate supplies.
In terms of health and safety, lack of basic services extracts a high price.
Mar 29, 2013: In our previous post, we looked at the networked coalition of players who must be engaged in city-wide efforts to address the water and sanitation challenges that plague India’s slums.
Apr 2, 2013: UNICEF has issued a request for proposal for “Research for Hygiene Behavioural Change among School Children in the Philippines”.
The aim of the consultancy to “craft a simple, scalable and sustainable strategy, program and tools based on the EHCP [Essential Health Care Program] that would lead to improved and sustained hygiene practice and toilet use”.
The EHCP is th
Mar 31, 2013: An ‘intelligent’ toilet with an automated flushing system is set to improve urban sanitation in developing countries.
Beijing, Apr 1, 2013: Outdoor air pollution contributed to 1.2 million premature deaths in China in 2010, nearly 40 percent of the global total, according to a new summary of data from a scientific study on leading causes of death worldwide.
Figured another way, the researchers said, China’s toll from pollution was the loss of 25 million healthy years of life from the population.
Mar 28, 2013: Everyone, everywhere: A vision for water, sanitation and hygiene post-2015, outlines WaterAid’s vision for water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in the post-2015 framework. Published on World Water Day 2013, it calls on UN member states to put WASH at the core of any future framework after the Millennium Development Goals expire.
Mar 26, 2013, Sindh, Pakistan: As reported in this paper (March 23), Pakistan pays heavily for poor sanitation, according to UN estimates. Poor sanitation costs Pakistan over $4.2 billion or 6.3 per cent of its GDP. The UN Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson, has called for urgent action to end the crisis of 2.5 billion people without basic sanitation.
The Joint Monitoring Programme, 2012, reports 2.6 billion people lacking improved sanitation in 2010.