Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH)
In many parts of the world such as Cambodia, hand washing and latrine use are not common behaviors due to cultural norms and lack of access to appropriate facilities. When first introduced, these behaviors are like flossing—they require conscious effort. However, if we can transform these actions into habits, they are far more likely to “stick.”Read More
The longer I work in Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH), the more clearly I see how it has changed.
Here are three ways we can be bolder in our thinking.
An important part of project implementation is monitoring and measuring how we achieve our goals.
One of the two main goals of the Cambodia Rural Sanitation and Hygiene Improvement Program (CR-SHIP) is to increase access to improved sanitation in communities where the current level of sanitation is below 50 percent of the population.
Last week I had the opportunity to be part of the panel for a live web chat organized by the Guardian newspaper’s Global Health Innovation Hub. The subject was sustainable sanitation. This event was one of a host of activities that gear up at this time of year as we look forward to World Water Day on March 22nd. For a water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) program person in Plan, this is a busy time.Read More
Ethiopia is a country on the move. Everything you see from the time you land at the gleaming international terminal and drive into Addis Ababa tells you that things are changing. New buildings are popping up everywhere. A new railway is being built. Road construction is ubiquitous. The country's GDP growth rate (10.7% in 2012) has been among the highest in the world. If Ethiopia continues this impressive growth performance, it could reach middle income status by 2025.Read More
Almost as if by magic, World Toilet Day has arrived! A few months ago, sanitation practitioners worldwide celebrated concerted lobbying efforts after the UN’s General Assembly officially recognized each November 19th as World Toilet Day.Read More
I grew up in the UK in the 1970’s watching The Muppet Show. Beyond the more popular characters of Kermit and Miss Piggy, I fell in love with The Swedish Chef - an incomprehensible preparer of foodstuffs. He was hilarious.Read More
The World Cup will be coming to Brazil in 2014. This has been joyful news in a country crazy about futbol (what the whole world, except the US, calls soccer). Such events are also always an opportunity to showcase your country. And Brazil has much to showcase.Read More
While Ghana has one of the strongest emerging economies in Africa, over a quarter of the population does not have access to clean safe drinking water. The problem is particularly dismal in most parts of Ghana where diarrhea causes 25 percent of all deaths of children below the age of five each year, according to UNICEF. The figures get even higher in the Northern parts where most of the population fetches water from the wells, rivers, streams, ponds and other natural water sources that often contain disease causing organisms.Read More