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Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Unites Communities in War-Torn South Sudan

This article looks at the response of USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) to the current water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) crisis affecting over four million people, both those internally displaced within South Sudan and refugees populations who have fled to neighbouring countries. It looks at how collaborative WASH projects are uniting communities as well as improving health and safety.

Menstrual Cups and Reusable Pads Are Literally Changing Lives Uganda’s Refugee Camps

Menstrual hygiene management is a challenge for many women across Africa. Sanitary pads are expensive, meaning many women use rags or even leaves to protect their underwear, putting them at greater risk of infection. A lack of sanitation at schools leads to many girls staying home during their periods or dropping out altogether when they start menstruating.

According to one 2016 study, over 90 percent of Ugandan primary schoolgirls struggle with maintaining their menstrual hygiene.

For refugee women, periods are a dangerous, shameful time

On any given day, more than 800 million women between 15 and 49 have their period. However, globally 1.25 billion women do not have access to a toilet during menstruation, according to the charity WaterAid.

For refugee women, fleeing their homes for safety, the challenges of a period can be even greater.

"There's no dignity in having your period when you're a refugee," Terri Harris, of the Muslim women-led development charity Global One told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Menstrual hygiene: a ‘silent’ need during disaster recovery

Post-disaster relief and recovery operations seldom focus on women’s priorities regarding menstrual hygiene. There is an increasing awareness to incorporate inclusive, participatory, and gender-sensitive strategies for implementation of response programmes. This article presents empirical findings related to menstrual hygiene management (MHM), demonstrating it is integral to women’s privacy and safety during recovery. Using case studies from India, the 2012 Assam floods and 2013 Cyclone Phailin in Odisha, this article explores menstrual hygiene practices in a post-disaster context.

Date: 22 May 2017

What is the scope for addressing menstrual hygiene management in complex humanitarian emergencies? A global review

Global attention on improving the integration of menstrual hygiene management (MHM) into humanitarian response is growing. However, there continues to be a lack of consensus on how best to approach MHM inclusion within response activities. This global review assessed the landscape of MHM practice, policy, and research within the field of humanitarian response.

Date: 22 May 2017

WASH Pathway of Change after Yolanda - One Year On

Embedded in the Philippines National Sanitation Roadmap, PhATS (Philippines Approach to Total Sanitation) was developed in a comprehensive governmental consultation process led by the WASH cluster following the devastating impact of Typhoon Yolanda/Hayan affecting hundreds of thousands of people in 2013. It provides a holistic systemic planning and implementation framework not only focusing on basic sanitation with an incremental phased Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) component reaching out to about a million affected people.

Date: 11 August 2016

Fronteiras Edição 9: CLTS em Situações de Pós-Emergência e de Estados Frágeis

Esta edição das Fronteiras do CLTS explora o potencial e alguns dos ensinamentos registados de como o CLTS, enquanto abordagem colaborativa e comunitária da mudança comportamental relativamente ao saneamento, pode ser aplicado com êxito em contextos de fragilidade e de pessoas deslocadas, criando comunidades mais dispostas e mais preparadas para manter e desenvolver práticas de saneamento.

Date: 10 August 2016

Frontières Numéro 9: L’ATPC dans les situations de post-urgence et les États fragiles

Ce numéro d’Aux Frontières de l’ATPC explore le potentiel et une partie des enseignements documentés sur la manière dont l’ATPC, en tant qu’approche collaborative et communautaire d’un changement de comportement face à l’assainissement, peut être appliqué avec succès dans des contextes de fragilité et de déplacement, pour ainsi déboucher sur des communautés plus convaincues et mieux préparées à conserver et à développer des pratiques d’assainissement sûres.


Date: 10 August 2016


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