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A grounded theory study of women across the life-course in Odisha, India

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While sanitation interventions have focused primarily on child health, women's unique health risks from inadequate sanitation are gaining recognition as a priority issue. This study examines the range of sanitation-related psychosocial stressors during routine sanitation practices in Odisha, India. Between August 2013 and March 2014, in-depth interviews with 56 women in four life stages were conducted: adolescent, newly married, pregnant and established adult women in three settings: urban slums, rural villages and indigenous villages. Using a grounded theory approach, the study team transcribed, translated, coded and discussed interviews using detailed analytic memos to identify and characterize stressors at each life stage and study site.

Info letter 5 - Joint Programme on Gender, Hygiene and Sanitation

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One year since the launch of the Joint Programme, progress is evident in all three focus countries. This issue of the Information Letter features highlights from AfricaSan 4 in Dakar, Senegal; the release of new survey data from Cameroon; and an important milestone in Niger - the MHM training workshop in Niamey.Lettre d’information n° 5 – Programme conjoint Genre, hygiène et assainissement - Un an après le lancement du Programme conjoint, des progrès ont été réalisés dans les trois pays cibles. Cette édition de la lettre d’information présente les temps forts de la 4e conférence AfricaSan qui s’est déroulée à Dakar au Sénégal. Elle revient aussi sur les nouvelles données des études menées au Cameroun et sur un événement important qui a eu lieu à Niamey, au Niger : l’atelier de formation sur la gestion de l’hygiène menstruelle (GHM).

Impact of Inadequate Access to WASH facilities

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The SHARE Research Consortium and WSSCC formed a research partnership in 2013 to investigate the specific impact of inadequate access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities on women and girls in India and Bangladesh. These four briefing notes converge on the lack of safe and acceptable choices for women and girls. Links between unsafe sanitation and women and girls’ poor health in terms of stress and infections are raised and major evidence gaps are highlighted. The higher incidence of reproductive tract infections linked to poor menstrual hygiene management under socioeconomically deprived groups is striking.This study of how women’s psycho-social stress relates to inadequate sanitation highlights the range of women’s experiences.The findings of this study demonstrate that the lack of sanitation has important implications for the mental, social, and reproductive health of women in rural India.As demonstrated in the WASH & CLEAN study, visual assessment alone of cleanliness on maternity units is an inadequate basis on which to conclude safety in terms of potential pathogens.

Global Sanitation Fund Progress Report 2014

Global Sanitation Fund
In this report, you will find the main results for the Global Sanitation Fund as of 31 December 2014. Also presented are cumulative numerical results in a dashboard, for the GSF as a whole and for each country that has reached the implementation phase, and descriptions of the various results indicators. The country profiles provide more detail on the national GSF-supported activities. Other sections present the GSF’s key developments in 2014, monitoring and evaluation aspects, and a full listing of active Sub-grantees. Through its regular reporting, WSSCC desires to give a clear impression of the current and planned impact of its GSF. WSSCC encourages support for the GSF and it also welcomes critical analysis of the GSF’s key results, learning and sharing aspects, and approaches used to raise awareness and generate demand for improved and sustainable sanitation and hygiene practices.Fonds Mondial pour l’Assainissement - Rapport d’avancement 2013 - En 2014, le Fonds Mondial pour l’Assainissement (GSF) a soutenu des actions nationales dans 13 pays visant à étendre l’accès à des installations sanitaires améliorées et à encourager l’adoption de comportements hygiéniques. Au course de l’année, ses programmes ont permis d’augmenter considérablement le nombre de personnes vivant dans des zones exemptes de défécation a l’air libre, et d’intensifier la pratique du lavage des mains et l’utilisation de toilettes améliorées.

Compendium of Sanitation Systems and Technologies - 2nd Edition

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The International Water Association (IWA), WSSCC and the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (EAWAG) have made considerable efforts to promote improved sanitation by providing an easily accessible knowledge base and guidance about how to achieve these improvements. The Compendium of Sanitation Systems and Technologies produced by EAWAG and WSSCC in 2008 went a long way towards this objective. This second, revised edition of the Compendium presents a huge range of information on sanitation systems and technologies in one volume. By ordering and structuring tried and tested technologies into once concise document, the reader is provided with a useful planning tool for making more informed decisions.

Defining and measuring Swachhata - Verification workshop

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The two-day residential workshop had a Pan-India representation of national, state, district, Gram Panchayat and community level functionaries and practitioners. Through a series of discussions, group exercises and plenary synthesis sessions: What is Open Defecation Free and therefore, how, when to measure or verify it were discussed for a Swachh Bharat. This report captures the detailed deliberations, discussions, questions and outcomes of the workshop.This note is prepared by WSSCC summarizes the main outcomes of the jointly convened workshop by GOI and WSSCC on verification of sanitation outcomes under Swachh Bharat. It is accompanied by a summary power point presentation (Prepared by WSSCC) and a detailed workshop report (prepared by the rapporturing team of Vijeta Rao and Anjali Verma). The workshop report captured all discussions and observations by participants including differing points of view, observations and further questions for analysis. This summary note presents key agreed principles together with recommendations for meaningful measurement of progress.Synthesis and recommendations from the first national verification workshop - Presentation by Archana Patkar and Vinod Mishra

India WASH Forum - WASH News and Policy Update e-Newsletter, Issue # 38

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The India WASH Forum stands for an independent, credible voice in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector. The WASH News and Policy Update e-Newsletter  is issued every second month and acts as an open platform for engagement on contemporary issues in the Indian WASH sector and elsewhere. In the January 2015 issue, WASH experts provide an analytical perspective of ongoing developments, including the landmark judgment of the Mumbai High Court on the right to water as an integral part of the right to life, a new set of guidelines on the Swachh Bharat Mission launched in October 2014, and excerpts of a joint study carried out by WSSCC and the SHARE Research Consortium, investigating the specific impact of inadequate access to water, sanitation and hygiene facilities on women and girls in India and Bangladesh.

Info letter 4 - Joint Programme on Gender, Hygiene and Sanitation

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The release of research findings from Senegal and Cameroon provided a platform to voice women’s needs and call for action on menstruation at a meeting of global decision-makers in New York. The specific needs of young girls were also voiced to decision-makers at a regional education conference in Kigali. Such examples illustrate how the Joint Programme is making a difference on issues such as gender, equality, universal access and service delivery, all essential elements in the emerging global development agenda.Programme conjoint - Genre, hygiène et assainissement - Lettre d’information n°4: Le lancement des résultats des études réalisées au Sénégal et au Cameroun a offert une plateforme servant à faire entendre les besoins des femmes et des filles et à appeler à l’action sur les menstruations lors d’une conférence internationale des décideurs à New York. Les besoins spécifiques des jeunes filles ont également été entendus par les décideurs lors d’une conférence régionale à Kigali. De tels exemples illustrent la contribution du Programme Conjoint sur des problématiques telles que le genre, l’égalité, l’accès universel et la fourniture de services, autant d’éléments essentiels dans l’agenda de développement global en cours d’élaboration.