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Quantifying Contact with the Environment: Behaviors of Young Children in Accra, Ghana

Authors: Peter Teunis, Heather Reese, Claire A. Null, Habib Yakubu, Christine L. Moe

Abstract: To better understand the risks of exposure for young children to fecal contamination in their environment, we systematically characterized and quantified behaviors of 154 children, 0-5 years old, in four high-density, low-income neighborhoods in Accra, Ghana. A repertoire of six different activities and five different compartments (categories of locations within the household) was developed, and about 500 hours of ordered structured observations of activities and locations of individual children were collected. READ MORE

Quantification of exposure to fecal contamination in open drains in four neighborhoods in Accra, Ghana

Authors: Stephanie R. Gretsch, Joseph A. Ampofo, Kelly K. Baker, Julie Clennon, Clair A. Null, Dorothy Peprah, Heather Reese, Katharine Robb, Peter Teunis, Nii Wellington, Habib Yakubu, Christine L. Moe

Abstract: In low-income countries, rapid urbanization adds pressure to already stressed water and sanitation systems that are critical to the health of communities. Drainage networks, designed for stormwater but commonly used for disposing of waste, are rarely covered completely, allowing residents to easily contact their contents. This study used spatial mapping, documentation of physical drain characteristics, microbiological analysis of drain samples, and behavioral observation to comprehensively examine drains as a route of exposure to fecal contamination in four low-income neighborhoods in Accra, Ghana. READ MORE

La Herramienta SaniPath: Evaluación de riesgos de salud pública de la gestión de lodos fecales inseguros en los barrios pobres urbanos

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Latin American Sanitation Conference (LatinoSan) (March 2016)

During LatinoSan, Kate Robb gave a presentation on the development and validation of the SaniPath Tool. During the presentation, Kate provided an overview of the SaniPath Tool and provided examples of SaniPath results from both Ghana and India. Kate also revealed upcoming plans to further develop the tool. LatinoSan is held every three years and brings together individuals and groups from academia, public sector, and private sector to highlight the importance of sanitation and safe FSM in countries’ agendas.


Eddy Perez: The Necessity of Data and Government Involvement in Meeting the New SDGs

Here in the United States, newspaper headlines, radio talk show hosts and television news anchors are screaming about the city of Flint, Michigan and its abject failure to provide basic WASH services to its citizens. To a large degree, the impetus for this outrage and subsequent flurry of promises to address the problem stemmed from data showing high levels of lead in the drinking water and high incidence of lead poisoning in children. It turns out that the water contamination problem started over two years ago and that government officials at both the local and state level were aware of the problems and risks, but largely ignored or even flat out denied the existence of a dangerous threat to public health. Increasingly, political observers attribute this lack of action to the fact that Flint is a poor city with a high percentage of African-American residents.


SaniPath Takeaways from 2015 and Hopes for the New Year

This past year has been full of valuable meetings and conferences for the SaniPath team and we have been able to both collect more data from our tool as well as begin to publish results. We have outlined some of the highlights.

1. We attended and presented in exciting Sanitation Conferences around the World

Suraja Raj was able to kick off 2015 by representing SaniPath at the Fecal Sludge Management (FSM3) conference in Hanoi, Vietnam in January. She presented on the SaniPath Tool and how it can impact urban sanitation. SaniPath team members Christine Moe, Eddy Perez, Suraja Raj, and David Berendes collaborated with World Bank’s Water and Sanitation Program (WSP), and the German Society for International Cooperation (Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit or GIZ) to lead a workshop at FSM3 that focused on the use of diagnostic tools to assess fecal sludge management at a city-wide scale.READ MORE