Environmental Health Links

Below are links, by category, to some of the key organizations conducting research and/or sponsoring environmental health projects around the world. The categories are:

  • New
  • Env. Health
  • Hygiene
  • IAP
  • Sanitation
  • Urban Health
  • Water Supply
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  • WaterSanitationHygiene.org Forum - Technical resources and forum for people bringing safe water, sanitation and hygiene to all.

  • UNC USAID WaterSHED - is a unique Global Development Alliance. This effort is led by the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health and supported by USAID's Regional Development Mission-Asia (RDMA). WaterSHED, which stands for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Enterprise Development, is a public-private partnership designed to bring effective, affordable water and sanitation products to market in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.

  • USAID Water Finance Website - The Water Finance Website is designed to help you integrate finance into your broader WSH strategy. Financing is especially crucial to the development of WSH services because those services are very capital intensive. Just as WSH services need to be technically sound and sustainable from an environmental perspective, they also need to be financially sustainable in order to develop adequately. By including financing in the development of a strategy to promote pro-poor WSH services, you will be helping to assure that technical, environmental and health results achieved will continue beyond the end of funding any one individual activity

  • CDC/Global Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention WASH website provides resources and information on CDC Safewater and other programs.

  • Twitterforsh-tters.com - Twitter for Sh-tters works to raise money to build eco-san toilets in communities throughout India.

  • Institute for Public Health and Water Research (IPWR) - IPWR is an independent science and education organization. The mission of IPWR is to improve public health through the consumption of quality drinking water. The IPWR provides scientific direction, funds and other support to investigators to encourage research, publications and meetings.

  • Rural Water Supply Network - RWSN is a global knowledge network that promotes sound policies and practices in rural water supply.  RWSN uncovers good practices, provides guidelines and tools, and promotes innovations to improve rural water supply for the benefit of users.

  • Household Water Treatment Clearinghouse for Developing Countries - This website provides comparisons and overviews for a broad range of appropriate point-of-use technologies.

  • Global Water - Founded in 1982 by former U.S. Ambassador John McDonald and Dr. Peter Bourne to help save the lives of people in developing countries that are lost due to unclean water. Global Water, based in California and managed by Executive Director T.A. Kuepper, is a sister-organization of the Instutute for Multi-Track Diplomacy.

  • Millenium Water Alliance (MWA) - The MWA is a consortium of leading nongovernmental organizations whose goal is to help 500 million people obtain water and basic sanitation by 2015. MWA operates on two fronts: hands-on programs and advocacy.
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  • CORE Group - CORE is a membership association of international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), that promotes and improves the health and well-being of children and women in developing countries through collaborative NGO action and learning. As of November 2006, CORE's 47 member organizations work in more than 180 countries and have a combined annual revenue of approximately $9 billion.

  • International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research/Bangladesh (ICDDRB) - The mission of ICDDRB is to develop and promote realistic solutions to the major health, population and nutrition problems facing the poor people of Bangladesh and other settings.

  • University of Michigan - Environmental Change and Diarrheal Disease - This project investigates how changes in the social and natural environment, mediated by road construction, affect the epidemiology of pathogens causing diarrheal diseases in Ecuador.

  • U.S. Agency for International Development/Global Health - USAID programs in global health represent the commitment and determination of the US government to prevent suffering, save lives, and create a brighter future for families in the developing world. USAID's objective is to improve global health, including child, maternal, and reproductive health, and the reduction of abortion and disease.

  • World Health Organization/Environmental Health - This web site page provides links to various WHO programs working on Children's Environmental Health, Indoor Air Pollution, Sanitation, Water Supply and other environmental health topics
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  • Clean Freak Patrol - Clean Freak Patrol Ltd. has launched a highly-entertaining educational website for Clean Freak Patrol: Superheroes of the Micro World! These cartoon characters make washing hands fun for kids with music videos, songs and interactive games.

  • Hygiene Centre-London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine - The Hygiene Centre is a research group at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine devoted to developing a better understanding of hygiene and sanitation practices which can be used to inform public health policy.

  • International Scientific Forum on Home Hygiene (IFH) - The IFH is a non-profit, non-government organization comprising scientists and healthcare professionals who play an active role in hygiene policy and scientific research.

  • WaterSanitationHygiene.org Forum - Technical resources and forum for people bringing safe water, sanitation and hygiene to all.
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  • Kirk Smith's Indoor Air Pollution Web Site - Kirk R. Smith is Professor of Environmental Health Sciences and holds the Maxwell Endowed Chair in Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also founder and coordinator of the campus-wide Masters Program in Health, Environment, and Development. His research work focuses on environmental and health issues in developing countries, particularly those related to health-damaging and climate-changing air pollution, and includes ongoing field projects in India, China, Nepal, Mexico, and Guatemala.

  • Partnership for Clean Indoor Air (PCIA) - The mission of PCIA is to improve health, livelihood and quality of life by reducing exposure to air pollution, primarily among women and children, from household energy use.

  • WHO Indoor Air Pollution - This WHO web site provides information on the health impacts of indoor air pollution and descriptions of WHO programs and contacts working on this issue.
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  • DEW Point Resource Centre on Water, Sanitation and the Environment - The DEW Point Resource Centre generates and disseminates knowledge on behalf of DFID staff and their development partners in environment, water resources, water and sanitation and climate change.

  • IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre (IRC) - Founded in 1968, IRC facilitates the sharing, promotion and use of knowledge so that governments, professionals and organizations can better support poor men, women and children in developing countries to obtain water and sanitation services they will use and maintain.

  • SANDEC - SANDEC is the Department of Water and Sanitation in Developing Countries at the Swiss Federal Institute for Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag). Its mandate is to assist in developing appropriate and sustainable water and sanitation concepts and technologies.

  • UNICEF/Water, Environment and Sanitation - UNICEF works in more than 90 countries around the world to improve water supplies and sanitation facilities in schools and communities, and to promote safe hygiene practices.

  • WaterAid UK - WaterAid is an international non-profit organization with the goal of helping one million people gain access to water and one million gain access to sanitation every year by 2010.

  • Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC) - WEDC is concerned with education, training, research, and consultancy relating to the planning, provision, and management of infrastructure for development.

  • Water and Sanitation Program (WSP) - WSP is an international partnership of development agencies concerned with improving sector policies, practices and capacities to serve poor people. WSP's goal is to alleviate poverty by helping the poor gain sustained access to water and sanitation services.

  • WaterSanitationHygiene.org Forum - Technical resources and forum for people bringing safe water, sanitation and hygiene to all.

  • Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) - WSSCC seeks to accelerate the achievement of sustainable sanitation, hygiene and water services to all people, with special attention to the unserved poor by enhancing collaboration and coordination of all sector stakeholders, nationally and internationally.

  • WELL Project, Water and Environmental Health at London and Loughborough - The WELL resource centre for water, sanitation and environmental health was first established in 1996 and was managed by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and the Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC).

  • West Africa Water Initiative - In its first six-year phase, this partnership of thirteen international institutions in investing more than $45 million small-scale, potable water supply, sanitation, hygiene, and integrated water resources management in Ghana, Mali, and Niger.

  • WHO/Water, Sanitation and Health - This web site provides information on WHO programs and publications in water-related disease, water, sanitation and hygiene development, wastewater reuse, water supply and sanitation monitoring and other areas.

  • World Bank Water Supply and Sanitation - The World Bank is the world's largest external financier of water supply and sanitation. Its web site provides information on what the World Bank does in terms of strategy and policies, lending portfolio, and knowledge and learning.

Links to Urban Health Websites - Below are links, by type of organization, to urban health websites.

USAID Urban Health Links

  • Urban Health Resource Centre-India - UHRC is a non-profit organization which aims to address health issues of the urban poor through in partnerships with government and civil society. programs in diverse cities.

  • Concern Worldwide/Clinton Global Initiative (CGI)
    Following CGI’s 2006 Annual Meeting, Concern Worldwide created the “Urban Health for the Poor in Bangladesh and Haiti” commitment. Concern: Bangladesh-A Model for Urban Health established priority interventions targeted at the major causes of urban maternal and child mortality -- maternal and newborn care, pneumonia case management, nutrition, and diarrheal disease -- using an integrated approach. Concern Haiti strengthens maternal & child Health in five disadvantaged neighbourhoods of the metropolitan area of Port-au-Prince.

  • Making Cities Work - USAID's Urban Programs Team is dedicated to increasing economic prosperity, democracy and security in the world's rapidly growing cities. The Team works across sectors to advance the Agency's Making Cities Work Strategy in (1) City Management and Services, (2) Local Economic Development, and (3) Municipal Finance.

International Organizations

  • IDRC Urban Poverty and Environment (UPE) Program - UPE funds research and activities in developing countries that apply integrated and participatory approaches to reducing environmental burdens on the urban poor and enhancing the use of natural resources for food, water and income security.

  • IDRC EcoHealth - Ecosystem Approaches to Human Health Program Initiative - EcoHealth's urban focus is currently under development and a more substantial link should be available on their site in the coming months.

  • International Society for Urban Health (ISUH) - ISUH is an association of researchers, scholars, and professionals from various disciplines and areas of the world who study the health effects of urban environments and urbanization.

  • Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) - Urban Health - In response to the necessity for health improvements for urban citizens as well as to the absence of adequate basic health services, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) was in the early 1990s one of the first agencies to invest in the widely neglected area of urban health.

  • WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health - The Knowledge Network on Urban Settings (KNUS) is focused on synthesizing global knowledge on social determinants of health and urbanization.

  • WHO Healthy Cities Initiative - Launched in 1986, Healthy Cities is now in its fourth phase (2003–2008). Cities currently involved are working on three core themes: healthy ageing, healthy urban planning and health impact assessment. Links to associated regional WHO efforts include: PAHO Healthy Municipalities/Cities, PAHO Sustainable Development and Environmental Health, WHO Collaborating Centre for Urban Health and Alliance for Healthy Cities.

  • World Bank/Urban Health - The goal of this site is to provide multi-sectoral programs and teams links to resources to design, implement and improve urban interventions that will improve health outcomes.

  • HABITAT Water and Sanitation Program -The highest priority for UN-HABITAT's Water and Sanitation program is improving access to safe water and helping provide adequate sanitation to millions of low-income urban dwellers and measuring that impact.

Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOS)

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  • Asian Development Bank - Water for All - Water for All is the Asian Development Bank's vision and policy for the Asia and Pacific region.

  • Center for Global Safe Water - conducts applied research, evaluation, and training to promote global health equity through universal access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene solutions for the world's most vulnerable populations. Principal partners include Emory University, CARE USA, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

  • Global Environmental Management Initiative (GEMI) Water Planner - A new water sustainability tool called “Collecting the Drops: A Water Sustainability Planner, ” provides a process by which a company or facility user, regardless of location, can assess its specific situation with regard to water resources. It provides a list of considerations that need to be taken into account to assess specific water uses/needs, impacts on the existing available resources and the resulting opportunities and risks.

  • Global Water Foundation - is a grant-making and educational foundation; its defining characteristics are to raise funds and encourage creativity which can be supported by local ownership, original solutions, hinging on solid sustainability principles...

  • Institute for Public Health and Water Research (IPWR) - IPWR is an independent science and education organization. The mission of IPWR is to improve public health through the consumption of quality drinking water. The IPWR provides scientific direction, funds and other support to investigators to encourage research, publications and meetings.

  • Multiple Use Water Services Group - This portal provides information on the provision of multiple use water services. It focuses on how these may be made to work for poverty reduction by supporting people to get access to water for both domestic and productive activities. The productive focus is on small-scale activities like backyard gardening, livestock keeping and micro-enterprises.

  • International Water Association (IWA) - IWA was founded in September 1999 by the merger of the International Association of Water Quality (IAWQ) and the International Water Supply Association (IWSA).

  • Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act 2005 - On June 1, the Department of State submitted to Congress its initial report on water issues in developing countries.

  • U.S. Agency for International Development/Water - USAID has made the preservation and environmentally sound development of the world’s water resources a top priority. The Agency’s investments have helped improve access to safe and adequate water supply and sanitation, improve irrigation technology, enhance natural environments, and develop better institutional capacity for water resources management in countries around the world.

  • Water Information Center: National Academies of Science - This portal has more than 100 peer reviewed reports from the National Academies that offer independent, objective advice on many water-related issues in the United States and abroad.

  • WaterSanitationHygiene.org Forum -  WaterSanitationHygiene.org Forum Technical resources and forum for people bringing safe water, sanitation and hygiene to all.

  • World Water Council - The World Water Council was established in 1996. Its mission is to promote awareness, build political commitment and trigger action on critical water issues at all levels to facilitate the efficient management and use of water in all its dimension


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