PublicationsA look at the reports and briefs about policy and practice in water, sanitation and hygiene.
WaterAid India develops a wide range of publications including technical reports, policy briefs, operations research, qualitative evaluations, good practice documents, and IEC materials. Available here are these publications for your reading and review.
Overflowing Cities: The State of the World’s Toilet 2016
Without access to any system for removing human waste, almost 100 million urban dwellers have little option but to practise open defecation. The remaining 600 million people rely on toilets that do not fulfil minimum requirements of hygiene, safety or privacy – including dirty and crowded communal toilets, and rudimentary pit or bucket latrines. Communities near water may use ‘hanging’ latrines suspended over a river or lake, where human waste drops straight into the water. Streets and common areas quickly become open sewers and rubbish dumps.
Assessments of WASH in Healthcare Facilities in India
Water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) are fundamental in preventing disease and maintaining good health. Inadequate access to WASH facilities can significantly impact health, and result in adverse consequences from exposure to pathogens. Some diseases are preventable, but may become life-threatening when the person has already lowered immunity, from say, malnutrition.
An assessment of School WASH infrastructure and hygiene behaviours in nine states
Under Swachh Vidyalaya, significant progress has been made in toilet coverage and functionality. To comprehensively understand the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) status post the launch of the Swachh Vidyalaya Abhiyan, WaterAid India undertook an assessment in 453 schools in 34 districts across nine states to take stock of WASH services and infrastructure, understand the functionality and usage and know the status and awareness of hygiene including menstrual hygiene management (MHM).
In one of the rain baseras (night shelters) I visited with my father and his colleagues at midnight on 19th January 2017, I got to see a newspaper called Balaknama and to meet one of its reporters. The newspaper is mainly based on the lives of street children and looks into matters of police brutality, child labour and sexual abuse. The newspaper is the world’s first to be run by street children and has over ten thousand children working for it all across India. I also observed that there were more people crammed in the tents and shelters than their capacities....