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Where to Find USAID at the 2018 UNC Water and Health Conference

The Water and Health Conference: Where Science Meets Policy will take place October 29–November 2, 2018, at the University of North Carolina ­(UNC)-Chapel Hill. The UNC Water Institute’s annual event has grown to become one of the most important gatherings in the water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) sector held in the United States. The conference this year focuses on five themes:

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The Forgotten Juncture? Handwashing and Safe Management of Child Feces

On August 22nd, 2018 at 6pm ET, the Global Handwashing Partnership, in conjunction with USAID, the International Water Center, the Water and Engineering Center for Development, and UNICEF hosted a discussion on the intersection of handwashing and the safe management of child feces.

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The Ripple Effect: Supporting Women’s Empowerment through Water

New research demonstrates that improving a woman’s access to water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) provides a multitude of indirect and positive impacts that often are overlooked in traditional development interventions. Benefits of this water access “ripple effect” go beyond the time savings and health outcomes that are well known across the sector. Referred to as “pathways to empowerment,” these now-quantifiable impacts cover a range of outcomes, including a more than 50 percent increase in female community leadership positions and shifts in gender norms within the community.

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Key Takeaways from Stockholm World Water Week 2018

More than 3,000 practitioners and decision-makers gathered in Stockholm, Sweden, at the end of August 2018 for World Water Week. Hosted by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), this annual gathering encourages new thinking and positive action on water-related opportunities and challenges. 

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Food​ ​Security​ ​Focused​ ​on​ ​the​ ​First​ ​Thousand​ ​Days​

SEGAMIL is a USAID Food for Peace program that focuses on reducing chronic malnutrition rates in eight municipalities in the departments of Totonicapan and San Marcos. The program addresses food utilization, access, and availability in vulnerable communities. Activities integrate health and nutrition, agriculture, sustainable environmental practices, animal husbandry, microenterprise, and local governance.

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Sustainable​ ​Improvement​ ​of​ ​Water​ ​Quality​ ​of​ ​Metrópoli​ ​de​ ​los​ ​Altos 

This activity provides direct support to local governments to improve the health conditions of eight municipalities in Quetzaltenango Department, Guatemala. USAID investments increase access to and the quality of potable water, using national public financial management systems. The municipalities include: Quetzaltenango: Salcajá, Quetzaltenango, San Juan Olintepeque, San Carlos Sija, Sibilia, San Juan Ostuncalco, La Esperanza and San Mateo.

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Check Out USAID at World Water Week 2018

World Water Week starts in Stockholm, Sweden, on August 26. The annual gathering organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) has become a focal point for the globe’s water issues. Last year’s event attracted more than 3,300 individuals and some 380 convening organizations from 135 countries.

Experts, practitioners, decision-makers, business innovators, and young professionals from a range of sectors and countries come to Stockholm with a focus on the 2018 theme, “Water, ecosystems and human development.”