PPPHW Soapbox - January 2015
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The year 2015 is a special year for many of us. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which missed the opportunity to address hygiene, are coming to an end. Meanwhile, the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are moving through their last few months of debate, before adoption by the United Nations Member States in September. Hygiene is currently addressed within the proposed Goal 6, known informally as the ‘water goal’, and yet, while this is critical, it is clear that hygiene is not only about water. While there are great synergies and untapped potential in better integration of hygiene with water and sanitation, as we discussed with the business community at the UN-Water Conference this month, the benefits of handwashing are not confined to the WASH sector.

This month we share some interesting new resources addressing the integration of hygiene with nutrition and early childhood development to harness these synergies, including the opportunity to learn more about the Clean, Fed, and Nurtured Community of Practice. Let’s make our new year’s resolutions at the global level to help ensure hygiene is prioritized in the SDGs and explore what each of us can do to reap new benefits from hygiene integration at the local level.

Multi-Sectoral Approaches to Child Growth & Development Webinar

The CORE Group Nutrition and Social and Behavior Change Working Groups and the USAID WASHplus Project, hosted a one-hour webinar on multi-sectoral approaches to improve child growth and development, with a focus on improving knowledge and sharing efforts for ECD, nutrition, and WASH integration. The Clean, Fed & Nurtured community of practice explained why these three sectors should be integrated. The Webinar can be viewed here.

Handwashing & Sanitation
Go Hand-in-Hand

A recent World Bank study looks at the impact of two large-scale, government-implemented handwashing and sanitation programs in rural Tanzania. Participating wards received sanitation programming, handwashing programming, both interventions together or neither. This study found that the wards that received both handwashing and sanitation programming were less likely to have visible feces around their latrines and more likely to have handwashing stations near their latrines. This furthers our belief that handwashing and sanitation programs should be integrated. 

Handwashing & Nutrition Training Guide


The SPRING Project's Essential Nutrition Actions and Essential Hygiene Actions training guide for Peace Corps Health Volunteers and Staff features useful training materials for implementers. The hygiene portion begins on page 61. 
Quick Links
In January, the PPPHW was represented at the UN-Water Conference. Read our thoughts from the meetings here.

In case you missed it, check out the PPPHW's 2014 Handwashing Research Summary

Dr. Uschi Eid, chair of the UN Secretary General's Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation writes on the Importance of Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene as Keys to National Development emphasizing that water, sanitation, and hygiene must be implemented as a package as "safe drinking water and sanitation in the absence of hygienic behavior will not prevent feco-oral infections." 

Dig deeper into the SuperAmma campaign with this post, SuperAmma to the Rescue, featuring an interview with Katie Greenland, one of the authors of the seminal report. 

We are working to promote WASH and nutrition integration. Read what Action Contre La Faim (ACF) has to say about the role of WASH in fighting undernutrition in this briefing paper

A large gathering of people can create a hotbed of germs and illness. Learn how WHO and partners protected fans from Ebola at the Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea.
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