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  EHP NEWS JANUARY 2002

EHP WELCOMES NEW DIRECTOR

GOVERNANCE, COMMUNITY MOBILIZATION, AND 
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH IN BENIN

MONITORING WATER, SANITATION, AND HYGIENE ACTIVITIES

EXPANSION OF MALARIA AND VECTOR CONTROL THROUGH THE PRIVATE SECTOR

NEW PUBLICATION

What's New on Other Pages

Previous Issues

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EHP WELCOMES NEW DIRECTOR

The Environmental Health Project welcomes Sandra Callier as the new director of the project. She will join EHP on February 19, 2002.

Ms.Callier has over twenty-five years work experience in international development.  Most recently, she served as the Project Director for the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Design Support (MEDS) project. She has an M.A. in International Studies from Johns Hopkins University, concentrating in Economic Development and Latin American Studies.

Ms. Callier will succeed Dr. Massee Bateman who will be joining USAID/India as the Child Survival Advisor.  

We are delighted to welcome her aboard


GOVERNANCE, COMMUNITY MOBILIZATION AND ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH IN BENIN

A team of governance and anthropology specialists has been mobilized by EHP to document lessons learned from community management of environmental health in Benin.

Since September 1999, EHP has been working with USAID/Benin to optimize decentralized decision-making related to diarrheal disease prevention in selected medium-sized towns in Benin.  This partnership project which engaged citizens and government in local communities, resulted in the provision of much wanted and much needed public latrines under well-structured management.  Participatory community health communication (PCHC) with “natural groups” in the communities has ensured proper use of the latrines by thousands of users and has led to improved hygiene behavior such as hand washing by users when leaving the facility.

For information on the Benin activity, please contact Chris McGahey  ([email protected])

MONITORING WATER, SANITATION, AND HYGIENE ACTIVITIES

Improving the validity and reliability of water, sanitation, and hygiene (WSH) indicators and data collection methods is a core activity that EHP pursues at both the international level and the program level.

At the international level, EHP is collaborating with the WHO and UNICEF Joint Monitoring Program (JMP), the USAID-funded Monitoring and Evaluation to Assess and Use Results (MEASURE) project, the InterAgency Working Group on Household/Community Integrated Management of Childhood Illnesses, and the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council, to improve and strengthen WSH indicators collected through large-scale surveys, such as the Demographic and Health Surveys and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys.

At the program level, EHP is collaborating with USAID missions in a number of activities, including testing WSH indicators and data collection methods in several field programs including those in the West Bank, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Benin, India, and Nicaragua.  In the West Bank, for example, in addition to testing the water quality, EHP is testing the use of intestinal parasite prevalence as an approximation of health outcomes.  The project is also compiling and reviewing WSH survey questionnaires and data collection methods to develop an annotated instrument and assessment and planning guideline for program managers, and collaborating with the Child Survival Collaborations and Resources (CORE) Group to develop a WSH module for rapid health facility assessment and school hygiene and sanitation assessment.

For more information on EHP’s activities related to monitoring and indicators, please contact Eckhard Kleinau ([email protected]).

EXPANSION OF MALARIA AND VECTOR CONTROL THROUGH THE PRIVATE SECTOR

In collaboration with EHP, the Support for Analysis and Research in Africa Project, and the Child Survival Technical Support Project, the Child Survival Collaboration and Resources (CORE) Malaria Working Group convened a workshop, “Fresh Air: Malaria Technical Update,” from November 26 to December 1, 2001, at the African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) Conference Center in Nairobi, Kenya.

More than 150 participants from 53 organizations including non governmental organizations (NGOs), UNICEF, WHO/Geneva, WHO/AFRO and representatives from commercial insecticide and mosquito net manufacturers and distributors.attended the workshop which provided a venue for the private sector (NGOs and commercial partners) to share experiences and identify opportunities for collaboration in malaria and vector control. Materials and information are posted at http://www.childsurvival.com/documents/workshops/malaria/index.htm.

The workshop generated important next steps for collaboration and cooperation among the NGOs, the commercial sector and WHO’s Roll Back Malaria Initiative.  Next steps identified include coordinated strategy development and implementation at the regional and country levels; collaboration on operations research and monitoring and evaluation particularly related to community-based treatment and safe motherhood programs, and integrated vector management including vector control “beyond bed nets”; and last but not least, collaboration on technical information exchange (including electronic media such as the EHP Malaria Bulletin) and capacity building.  

For more information, please contact Michael Macdonald (mailto:[email protected]).

NEW PUBLICATION!

EHP Activity Report 105, Operations and Maintenance Strategy for Community-Managed Rural Water Supply Systems in the Dominican Republic: Technical Assistance to Acueductos Rurales, Instituto Nacional de Aguas Potables y Alcantarillados, Santo Domingo, September 16–October 4, 2001, is now available electronically on our web site at (http://www.ehproject.org/live/Rptspub.html)

This report documents work carried out as part of the technical assistance that EHP provided to Acueductos Rurales, a department of the Dominican Republic’s Instituto Nacional de Aguas Potables y Alcantarillados (National Water Supply and Sewage Institute).The report analyzes Acueductos Rurales’ opportunities and constraints, and identifies a strategy and pilot project designed to provide Acueductos Rurales in helping rural communities develop, operate, and maintain water supply and sanitation systems.

USAID/Dominican Republic provided financing for the technical assistance.  If you would like hard copies of the report, please contact (mailto:[email protected]).

 

What's New on Other Pages

A. Updated Meeting Alert

B. Links to Malaria Bulletins

C. Environmental Health Webliography 

Previous Issues 

The main topics or countries discussed are given in parentheses.

November 2001 (EHP Handwashing Publication, West Bank, Asia and the Near East, PAHO–EHP Partnership)
October 2001 (Benin, Sustainable Sanitation in Small Towns, DR Congo, Peru Behavior Change)
August 2001
 (India, Eritrea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, BBIN Network, information exchange network)
June 2001
(Mozambique, Madagascar, Nepal, Dominican Republic, indoor air pollution consultation, Nairobi SIMA Conference)
May 2001 (Central America handwashing initiative, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Nepal, Bolivia)
March 2001 (Nicaragua, Madagascar, Africa, DDT cost comparison)
January 2001 (EHP Activities, E-Newsletter, National Malaria Control Programs in 4 African Countries, Congo, Decentralization in Latin America, Peru, WSSCC Forum, Global WS&S Assessment from WHO/UNICEF)
November 2000 (Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Madagascar, SANICONN)
September 2000 (Nepal/Regional, EHP and E-conferences)
July 2000 (Nicaragua, Malaria Vaccine Development, "Water for the World")
MayJune 2000 (Nicaragua, International Consultation on Indoor Air Pollution)
April 2000 (Nicaragua, Madagascar, Mozambique)
March 2000 (Benin, South Africa, Eritrea, Madagascar)
February 2000 (Nicaragua, Paraguay, Ukraine, Mozambique and Eritrea)
January 2000 (Nicaragua, EHP Lessons Learned)

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