Tricia’s snippets 2016-11-15

From WHO Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Health Newsletter No 216  (01 Nov 2016):

Sanitation coverage and child health

New research by WHO scientists indicates that the impact of sanitation on health may have been significantly underestimated. The new analysis, published this week in PLoS ONE, shows that when improved sanitation coverage increases from approximately 20 to 70 per cent, there is little impact on child health. Above this threshold, increasing sanitation coverage has a large impact on reducing child deaths from diarrhoea and other causes. The study was done using national-level data, but a number of studies using local-level coverage data show similar results. The implication is that the biggest health gains will be realized when entire communities use improved sanitation services.

Read the full Open Access article at

Iodine or bromine as a drinking-water disinfectant: draft documents now available for public review

WHO has recently developed draft documents on iodine and bromine as drinking-water disinfectants, with a particular focus on their efficacy and toxicity. These draft documents are now available for public review. Comments on these background documents should be sent to The closing date for receiving comments is 16 December 2016. For more information, please visit:

Open Water Journal

At the recent IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition in Brisbane, IWA Publishing was pleased to launch a brand new Open Access publication.  The Open Water Journal will be a high quality source for the latest peer-reviewed articles on international water research: fundamental science, application and technology and impact of societal and political and economic factors. This will include research papers, critical reviews and short communications.

OWJ is excited to be embracing the age of Open Access, providing a valuable new resource for the global water community of today and tomorrow.

Read the OWJ editorial here. See the Aims and Scope here. Watch footage from the Brisbane launch here. If you have queries about the journal, please contact

From The Water Network Newsletter 08 November 2016:

Tiny Device Produces Chlorine Needed for Water Treatment


The Community Chlorine Maker is a small device that works on batteries and uses small amounts of salt to create chlorine for water treatment. It is capable of treating water for more than 500.000 people.

Read details


From Sanitation Updates:

USAID Sanitation Service Delivery – Addressing Shared Fecal Sludge Containment Needs in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

WSUP -Webinar: A toilet in every compound – what we’ve learned so far from Kumasi and Accra, Ghana

New nanotechnology to produce sustainable, clean water for developing nations – National Science Foundation

Meet David Auerbach of Sanergy: Tackling sustainable sanitation in urban slums

Guide to Community Engagement in WASH: A practitioner’s guide, based on lessons from Ebola

Effects of microplastics in sewage sludge on soils ‘overlooked’

Posted: 09 Nov 2016

Which way’s up? – a closer look at the sanitation ladder

The Toxic Legacy of 4.3 Million Flammable Samsung Smartphones

Philippines: Results of an end-line evaluation of a large scale UNICEF water, sanitation and hygiene typhoon recovery programme

The Perils of Writing about Toilets in India

Opinion: Climate change is a threat and an opportunity for water and sanitation

Risk Factors for Childhood Stunting in 137 Developing Countries: A Comparative Risk Assessment Analysis at Global, Regional, and Country Levels

Posted: 08 Nov 2016

Sustainable Sanitation Alliance: Grant of $2.7 million to supercharge sustainable sanitation knowledge platform

Posted: 04 Nov 2016

Baby Diaper Market in Middle East and Africa to Grow at an Impressive CAGR of Almost 12%

Posted: 02 Nov 2016 09:11 AM PDT

Cambodian street pickers turn waste into survival profits

Targeting urban sanitation – looking behind aggregated city-level data

Global Waters, October 2016 – USAID

Microplastics in agricultural soils: A reason to worry?

Posted: 31 Oct 2016

Linking WASH to other development sectors – Thematic discussion: 24th October – 12th November 2016

Posted: 27 Oct 2016 02:01 AM PDT

Can collective action strategies motivate behavior change to reduce open defecation in rural India?

Posted: 26 Oct 2016 11:41 AM PDT

Antibiotic waste is polluting India and China’s rivers; big pharma must act

Posted: 25 Oct 2016 09:01 AM PDT

Use public money to fund Africa’s water and sewerage systems

Posted: 25 Oct 2016 08:37 AM PDT

From email alerts (sanitation in title):

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