November 19 marks World Toilet Day, an annual global event organized by UN Water to raise awareness of the crucial role that sanitation plays in reducing disease and creating healthier communities.
The theme of this year's observance is "Nature-Based Solutions" to harness the power of ecosystems to tackle the sanitation and water crisis. Nature-based solutions include:
NIKHALAMO is a word in the local language (Chuabo) and means, freely translated, “Girl Child, Stay in School”. The objective of the 4-year (2015-2018) NIKHALAMO Project is to ensure that vulnerable girls in Namacurra district (Zambezia Province) complete upper primary school and transit to lower secondary schools (6th and 7th grades). The project is implemented by ADPP Mozambique (Development Aid from People to People).
USAID increasing access to basic sanitation through Digni Loo. The video includes and interview with Akua Kwarteng Addo, Director of Health Population and Nutrition, at USAID/Ghana. It was produced by GoodLife, Live It Well, the Government of Ghana’s flagship public health communication brand.
This article from the World Toilet Day 2017 issue of Global Waters Stories describes how the Digni-loo—an innovative, affordable latrine—is improving sanitation for households in Ghana.
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The CLTS process has reached a point in its implementation through SAREP that we are now able to introduce monitoring, evaluation (M&E) and ODF verification and Certification processes into the training. This toolkit and manual contains all forms and materials that are need for a CLTS monitoring team to be established in communities.
The SHOPS project was designed to enhance the effectiveness of the private sector as a sustainable approach to providing quality health services, especially in the critical areas of family planning and reproductive health, MCH, and HIV and AIDS. Other areas of focus included infectious disease; water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH); and environmental health. By engaging and supporting the growing private health sector in developing countries, as a complement to public sector health services, the project aimed to improve both the availability and the quality of critical health services.
Empowering Girls Through Education and Health (ASPIRE) is a four-year US$ 18.2 million USAID activity aimed at increasing the educational attainment of girls in primary and secondary schools in Balaka, Machinga and Zomba districts in Malawi, reaching 182,000 girls.