Call that a septic tank?

In a previous blog post back in January, we described the start of a research project which is aiming to assess and  model how faecal pathogens move through the environment in a low-income urban community in Dhaka in Bangladesh. By Guy Norman, WSUP’s Director of Research and Evaluation It’s one of our three biggest projects […]


Laundry block in Antananarivo

WSUP celebrates reaching 20 million people in 25 major cities

WSUP is proud to announce that 20 million low-income city-dwellers now have improved access to water, sanitation and hygiene, since we began work in major cities across Africa and South Asia. This has been possible through long-term partnerships with authorities, utilities and businesses in 25 cities, to strengthen the ability of the city to provide […]


Running Dry front cover

WSUP has identified five myths which are stopping investors, agencies and policymakers from properly addressing the inadequate access to essential water and sanitation services in cities across Africa and South Asia.

 

Myth one: Struggling utilities are unable to serve the poorest

The reality: Much-maligned, publicly owned utilities can deliver services for the poorest communities.

Myth two: Water should be free

The reality: Water is a human right, but people should still pay for it. Even the poorest.

Myth three: Communities should be responsible for their own services

The reality: Community ownership can result in poor services. We should be aiming for community buy-in instead.

Myth four: We should only focus on household facilities

The reality: Community sanitation facilities can help bridge the gap when household facilities are not viable.

Myth five: Building toilets alone will solve the sanitation crisis

The reality: Solving the waste management conundrum is bigger than just building toilets.

 

Destroyed property in Beira, Mozambique

Moving towards the recovery phase in Beira

How to rebuild after the crisis? The devastating impacts of Cyclone Idai in early March were widespread across five of Mozambique’s eleven provinces, affecting 1.5 million people. The city of Beira was hardest hit, and thousands of families are still struggling to get their lives back together. After a major relief operation which saw families […]


It’s all about action on menstrual hygiene

“I want girls my age to know everything about menstrual hygiene.” Seventeen-year old Tina Akhter is an active member of a group that regularly meets to discuss hygiene issues in her community in Dhaka, Bangladesh. “My period started when I was 12 years old and I had no information about menstruation until I experienced it […]


Participatory Health and Sanitation Transformation (PHAST) is a behaviour change methodology designed to engage participants at every stage of the process of improving health, hygiene and sanitation behaviours. This Practice Note evaluates the early results of a Comic Relief-funded project that utilised PHAST in two neighbourhoods in Lusaka, and its integration into the response to cholera outbreaks in the city in 2016 and 2017-2018.

Helping children in schools access clean water and sanitation services

“We teach students about personal hygiene. But we don’t have sufficient arrangements for the students to practice that. As result, most of the time students take their tiffin without washing their hands,” says primary school teacher Rokeya Akter. In Bangladesh, thousands of schools lack even the most basic of water and sanitation facilities. In Mahuttuly school, […]


Women leading the way

“Water, sanitation and hygiene are basic necessities in order to sustain lives. When women are affected by poor services, you end up with a weak community where you can’t expect great development.” – Josephine Moono Clean water and safe sanitation has a huge impact on the lives of women. In the communities where we work, […]


Community leaders: a vital bridge between residents and city authorities

By Dinis Namburete, Community Development Specialist, Mozambique At WSUP, we often talk about the vital role of utilities, governments and businesses in improving basic services for low-income residents. But there’s another group that plays an important a role: community-based organisations. For the residents of Aeroporto B, a low-income bairro on the edge of Maputo, Rogério […]


The pathogen problem

In many cities, people’s living and working environments are contaminated by huge amounts of untreated faecal waste. We know that excreta (human and non-human) is incredibly dangerous for health. But the pathogens found in faecal waste (i.e. the micro-organisms that cause diseases like diarrhoea, typhoid and hepatitis) have very complex patterns of movement through the […]