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Asking “Where is the hygiene?” in the Addis Ababa Action Agenda

July 16, 2015

Today the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, held in Addis Ababa, concluded. For many of you, this statement means very little, or perhaps conjures up images of government officials discussing how to ensure that the lofty Sustainable Development Goals actually become a reality. […]

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Sign a Petition Calling for Hygiene in the SDGs

July 15, 2015

Join us and advocate for hygiene by signing our hygiene petition! Hygiene—specifically handwashing with soap—is one of the most important interventions for human health and development and is a universal necessity. Fundamental to fighting undernutrition, reducing child mortality, overcoming antibiotic resistance, and advancing access to […]

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Raise your hand for hygiene: A global call for a hygiene indicator in the SDGs!

July 15, 2015

Hygiene—specifically handwashing with soap—is one of the most important interventions for human health and development and is a universal necessity. Fundamental to fighting undernutrition, reducing child mortality, overcoming antibiotic resistance, and advancing access to education, hygiene underpins the delivery of several other Sustainable Development Goals […]

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The JMP’s latest report on WASH progress highlights need to elevate hygiene beyond a cursory mention in the SDGs

July 1, 2015

The omission of hygiene from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) has inhibited the international community in delivering fully on aspirations for sanitation, health, nutrition, education, and gender equity. With the MDG deadline rapidly approaching, this is an apt moment for the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme […]

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Children as Handwashing Change Agents: A short review of the evidence

June 17, 2015

  “If a child find his mother preparing food without washing hands, or coming from latrine and does not wash hands, he can tell her to wash hands. This would be a very useful advice.” – Schoolteacher, Tanzania.1   Many global health behavior change programs […]

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Full list of PPPHW resources from AfricaSan

June 4, 2015

The PPPHW was very busy at AfricaSan4, held May 25-27 in Dakar, Senegal. Make sure you don’t miss any of the presentations, summaries, or blog posts from this important conference. Materials from PPPHW-hosted sessions Written summary of the Regional Handwashing Think Tank Presentations from the […]

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The Ngor Declaration: Towards dignity through sanitation and hygiene

June 3, 2015

At the AfricaSan4 conference for Sanitation and Hygiene, held in Dakar, Senegal in May 2015, the unofficial theme was dignity, so it is apt that when it came to naming AfricaSan’s Ministerial Declaration for Water and Sanitation, it was called Ngor, meaning dignity in Wolof, […]

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Event Summary: AfricaSan 4 Day Three – Going further together

May 28, 2015

On Monday, the PPPHW Secretariat and partners began the week at AfricaSan with our Handwashing Think Tank, so it was fitting that we concluded the conference on Wednesday by delivering a session on Moving Hygiene to Scale. In the Think Tank we dived in to three big ideas in hygiene promotion […]

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Event Summary: AfricaSan 4 Day Two – Using handwashing to deliver dignity

May 27, 2015

“Rights must inform policies and political discourse, not the other way around.” This quote, from a session on sustainability in sanitation sums up a key sentiment that I heard refrained again and again on Tuesday. If the common thread on Monday at AfricaSan was equality, […]

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Event Summary: AfricaSan 4 Day One – Addressing inequalities and talking big ideas

May 25, 2015

This week, as you may know, the Secretariat of the Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing is in Dakar, Senegal for AfricaSan. We arrived in Dakar early Sunday morning, and after a quick nap, I ventured out to explore the city as it went through its […]

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