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Focusing on Sanitation in Rural Senegal and Africa’s Commitment to Safely Managed Sanitation

In 2015, Africa adopted the Ngor Declaration on Sanitation and Hygiene. The Ngor Declaration outlines 10 commitments to achieve universal access to adequate and sustainable sanitation and hygiene services and eliminate open defecation by 2030.  

The vision of the Ngor Declaration closely aligns with Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6. The accurate monitoring of the implementation of Ngor commitments on sanitation and hygiene is critical for Africa to assess their progress. 

Report

Social Science in Epidemics: Cholera Lessons Learned

This report is the first installment of the ‘Social Science in Epidemics’ series, commissioned by the USAID Office of U.S. Foreign Direct Assistance (OFDA). In this series, past outbreaks are reviewed in order to identify social science ‘entry points’ for emergency interventions and preparedness activities. The aim is to determine tangible ways to address the social, political and economic dynamics of epidemics and to ensure that interventions build on the social and cultural resources of the communities they aim to support.

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Podcast Features Two Thought Leaders on How Tackle the Global Sanitation Crisis

“I have seen that real change comes from the bottom up, from pressure from society—from good, willing people and action groups who actually put pressure on their governments to change,” says Rolf Luyendijk, executive director of the Water Supply & Sanitation Collaborative Council, in the latest episode of USAID’s Global Waters Radio podcast series. “Linking up with these groups, I think, is critical to get politicians to prioritize investing in sanitation.”

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Global Handwashing Day

Global Handwashing Day is an annual global campaign day celebrated October 15th. This day is dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of handwashing with soap as an easy, effective, and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives.

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Fact Sheet: Ethiopia Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene

In 2015, Ethiopia achieved its Millennium Development Goal target of 57 percent access to safe drinking water, an increase from just 13 percent in 1990. Yet access to improved sanitation, while also vastly improved since 1990, remains alarmingly low at only 28 percent nationwide.

Event

Colorado WASH Symposium 2019

The University of Colorado Boulder is holding its WASH Symposium on March 5–6, 2018. The symposium provides a platform for sharing and expanding knowledge in the field of water, sanitation, and hygiene in the context of development.

Social Media

#GlobalHandwashingDay 2018 Communications Toolkit

On Monday, October 15, join USAID and its partners in celebrating Global Handwashing Day. Now entering its 10th year, Global Handwashing Day increases awareness and understanding about the vital importance of handwashing with soap as an easy, effective, and affordable way to prevent the spread of illness and save lives.

Water Currents

Water Currents: Global Handwashing Day 2018

Celebrate Global Handwashing Day (GHD) on October 15, 2018. Organized by the Global Handwashing Partnership, this important international advocacy day is dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of handwashing with soap (HWS). HWS is one of the most effective and affordable ways to prevent diarrhea and pneumonia––the leading causes of death for children under the age of 5.