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WaSH and Coronavirus – knowns, unknowns, and implications for monitoring and management

30 March 2020 at 12:32
A novel coronavirus emerged in Wuhan, China in late 2019. The novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2 (or COVID-19), is believed to have originated in bats, and has rapidly progressed to a global pandemic that has infected hundreds of thousands of individuals (1, 2). Author: Dr. Michael B. Fisher, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Acknowledgement to … Continue reading WaSH and Coronavirus – knowns, unknowns, and implications for monitoring and management

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Putting equality, inclusion and rights at the centre of a COVID-19 water, sanitation and hygiene response

3 April 2020 at 16:00
This is a guest blog by Priya Nath (RWSN Theme Leader) and Louisa Gosling (RWSN Chair). It is reposted from the WaterAid blog with thanks. The original post is available here. The poorest and least powerful sections of all societies are likely to be worst affected in crises, but we can work to alleviate inequalities … Continue reading Putting equality, inclusion and rights at the centre of a COVID-19 water, sanitation and hygiene response

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Women queue up to collect water from the common water source in Anna Nagar Basti, Hyderabad, India.

Reuben J. Yankan, Director of the Disable Camp 17th Street Community, who is visually impaired, being helped down the steps from a public toilet by Timothy Kpeh, Executive Director for Peace, Education, Transparency, & Development in Sinkor, Monrovia, Liberia.

No chance for Corona: How kids can help beat the virus

16 April 2020 at 09:56
The “No chance for Corona” comic is currently being translated into more than 25 languages

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Remembering Paul van Beers (19 April 1950 – 19 April 2020)

21 April 2020 at 16:28
"Always eccentric, often controversial; always authentic, often misunderstood; Paul was never boring. He enjoyed challenging the status quo and stirring things up."

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Five human rights principles that put people centre stage in water, sanitation and hygiene responses to COVID-19

4 May 2020 at 11:30
Posted on WaterAid blog on 1 May 2020 in Equality, inclusion and human rights, re-posted on RWSN blog on 4 May 2020. Authors: Louisa Gosling, Naomi Carrard, Hannah Neumeyer and Virginia Roaf.  WaterAid/ James Kiyimba Empowering and increasing the dignity of marginalised and vulnerable people will help us emerge from the COVID-19 crisis with healthier societies … Continue reading "Five human rights principles that put people centre stage in water, sanitation and hygiene responses to COVID-19"

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WaterAid Papua New Guinea giving loud hailers, inks and papers for printing awareness-raising materials, supporting local health authorities in preparedness for COVID-19.

A man reads awareness-raising messages through a loud hailer around a community in Bangladesh.

A “C” diagram to identify Covid19 transmission routes

2 June 2020 at 11:28
This is a guest blog by RWSN Member Rajan Pandey, WASH and Environment Expert in Nepal. Colleagues and I have devised a “C” line diagram similar to the “F” diagram the global WASH community uses during ODF campaigns to identify transmission routes for feces. A group of WASH volunteers here in Nepal prepared this for … Continue reading "A “C” diagram to identify Covid19 transmission routes"

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Srilekha Chakraborty uses art in her activism for women’s health – 2020 Ton Schouten Awardee for WASH Storytelling

3 June 2020 at 10:32
re-posting from IRC WASH Srilekha is a young professional from India with a focus on WASH and Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) advocacy with indigenous tribal women and girls. Advocacy through art with rural communities She is driven by her close experience with how in poor, rural areas, discussions on gender, menstrual hygiene and … Continue reading "Srilekha Chakraborty uses art in her activism for women’s health – 2020 Ton Schouten Awardee for WASH Storytelling"

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The need for professional associations for water well drillers

4 June 2020 at 11:12
This is a guest blog by RWSN Young Professional Uyoyoghene U. Traoré, geologist and freelance consultant in water and environment. This article was originally published in GeoDrilling international and is reposted with thanks. You can read the original article here. Groundwater accounts for over 97% of the world’s fresh water with over two million people … Continue reading "The need for professional associations for water well drillers"

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Les populations rurales peuvent-elles payer pour l’eau en temps de crise ?

25 June 2020 at 10:57
Les co-auteurs de ce blog invité sont le Professeur Rob Hope (REACH Programme) et le Dr Guy Hutton (UNICEF). Une version de ce blog an anglais est disponible sur le site web du programme REACH. Rendre l’eau potable abordable pour les populations rurales a toujours été un défi. La COVID-19 exerce des pressions urgentes sur … Continue reading "Les populations rurales peuvent-elles payer pour l’eau en temps de crise ?"

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My experience of the RWSN Mentoring Programme

7 July 2020 at 10:25
This is a guest blog by Byamukama Arinaitwe, a young professional enrolled as a mentee in the RWSN Mentoring Programme. My name is Byamukama Arinaitwe, a recent civil engineering graduate from Uganda. In September 2019, I started out in my career working with Kigezi Diocese Water and Sanitation Programme as a Civil Engineer. The programme … Continue reading "My experience of the RWSN Mentoring Programme"

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What is the legal status of water and sanitation as human rights? Your questions answered

28 July 2020 at 09:45
28 July 2020 marks the 10th anniversary of the recognition of the human rights to water and sanitation. 10 years and 12 resolutions later, this blog answers common questions on the legal status of water and sanitation as human rights in international and national law. On 28 July 2010, the UN General Assembly passed resolution … Continue reading "What is the legal status of water and sanitation as human rights? Your questions answered"

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Quel est le statut juridique de l’eau et de l’assainissement en tant que droits de l’homme ? Réponses à vos questions

28 July 2020 at 09:55
Le 28 juillet marque le 10ème anniversaire de la reconnaissance des droits humains à l'eau et à l'assainissement. 10 ans et 12 résolutions plus tard, ce blog répond aux questions les plus courantes sur le statut juridique de l'eau et de l'assainissement en tant que droits humains dans le droit international et national.

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¿Cuál es la situación jurídica del agua y el saneamiento como derechos humanos? Las respuestas a sus preguntas

28 July 2020 at 10:02
El 28 de julio se cumple el décimo aniversario del reconocimiento de los derechos humanos al agua y al saneamiento. 10 años y 12 resoluciones más tarde, este blog responde a preguntas frecuentes sobre el estatus legal del agua y el saneamiento como derechos humanos en la legislación internacional y nacional.

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Multi-dimensional challenges of ensuring sustainable water supplies

11 August 2020 at 14:01
Word from the RWSN Chair:Louisa Gosling, WaterAid Download the latest RWSN Update in English, French or Spanish Dear RWSN colleagues, the 4 months since the last newsletter have been eventful for the RWSN. It has become clear that covid-19 will be with us for a long time and that people need water to stay safe. … Continue reading "Multi-dimensional challenges of ensuring sustainable water supplies"

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The rise or fall of the manual drilling sector in the Democratic Republic of Congo

1 December 2020 at 10:46
This is a guest blog by RWSN Member Dr Cheikh Hamidou Kane. This article was originally published in GeoDrilling international and is reposted with thanks. You can read the original article here. Despite the fact that 50% of Africa’s water fresh water resources are found in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the Congolese, especially … Continue reading "The rise or fall of the manual drilling sector in the Democratic Republic of Congo"

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RWSN/ REACH consultancy opportunities: your questions answered

2 December 2020 at 11:49
On 30.11.2020 RWSN advertised two consultancies in partnership with the University of Oxford under the REACH programme (deadline for applications: 8th January 2020). The Terms of Reference for the consultancies are below: Researcher – Global Diagnostic on Rural Water Services Rural Water Marketing Intelligence Expert We have received a number of questions in relation to … Continue reading "RWSN/ REACH consultancy opportunities: your questions answered"

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Tackling systemic inequalities in water and sanitation

14 December 2020 at 11:52
This is a guest blog by Juste Nansi, Country Director for IRC Burkina Faso. It is is reposted with thanks from the IRC blog; you can find the original blog post here. Systematic or systemic inequalities are grounded in our mindsets; in the way, we think, in the way we plan, in the way we … Continue reading "Tackling systemic inequalities in water and sanitation"

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My experience of the RWSN Mentoring Programme

7 January 2021 at 10:53
This is a guest blog by Joshua Azaki, a young professional from South Africa enrolled as a mentee in the 2020 RWSN Mentoring Programme. I was introduced to RWSN by Professor Ulrike Rivett in March 2018 and I signed up to receive updates about the activities of the RWSN. In 2019, when I received the … Continue reading "My experience of the RWSN Mentoring Programme"

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Crowding-in Commercial Financing to Water Supply and Sanitation Utilities

13 January 2021 at 20:19
This is a guest blog by RWSN Members Lance Morrell and Michael Ashford. Achieving SDG6, clean water, and sanitation for all by 2030 requires estimated investments of US$114 billion per year. The present value of the total investment needed is US$1.7 trillion, and these estimates do not include costs of operation and maintenance. At three … Continue reading "Crowding-in Commercial Financing to Water Supply and Sanitation Utilities"

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