Clean water, nutritious food, and a hygienic environment -- these are the building blocks of health for any community. Yet, these necessities are out of reach for many families in low-resource environments. As a result, malnutrition contributes to 45 percent of childhood deaths worldwide. Combined with micronutrient deficiencies, malnourishment stunts children’s physical and cognitive development, the consequences of which are life-long.
An integrated approach to HIV and water, sanitation and hygiene in Southern Africa: A gap and needs assessment
Access to clean water and basic toilets is an essential but neglected part of managing living with HIV, new research by international development organisations WaterAid and SAfAIDS has found.
The new report, 'An integrated approach to HIV and water, sanitation and hygiene in Southern Africa: A gap and needs assessment,' shows that 70% of all people living with HIV in the world are in Sub-Saharan Africa, or about 25 million people. The report is being released just ahead of World AIDS Day, 1 December.
The recently released USAID Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Strategy is an important step toward improved nutrition efforts in USAID programs. Water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) is an integral part of improving nutrition is incorporated in many ways into this strategy.
In February 2011, AIDSTAR-One, with support from the Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation (MOPHS), piloted a training curriculum in Kenya that aims to address water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) issues at health facilities to improve the quality of life of people living with HIV and their families. This report summarizes the results of that assessment.
This draft training resource aims to address problems around water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) at health facilities to improve the quality of life of PLWH and their families entitled Improving the Lives of People Living with HIV (PLWH) through WASH: Water Sanitation and Hygiene.
This comprehensive, 3-4 day curriculum has two goals:
1. To build the capacity of individual health care providers to adopt WASH approaches.
2. To provide guidance to program planners and administrators in developing facility-wide WASH approaches.