Ghana's Minister for Water Hails CGSW "SaniPath" Study at National Meeting
Alhaji Collins Dauda, the Minister for Water Resources, Works and Housing hailed the SaniPath project study, when he delivered a short address on the theme of the study, ‘Assessmentof Fecal Exposure Pathways in Low-Income Urban Settings’, at the 32nd edition of the National Level Learning Alliance Platform (NLLAP) forum in Accra, Ghana.
It was revealed at the forum that after over a year of intensive data collection in some of Accra’s poorest and most densely populated neighborhoods, the SaniPath study found that most drinking water samples were relatively safe, but water stored in homes, primary schools, and nurseries was often contaminated.Moreover, marine waters were quite contaminated, and flood water and water in drains had levels of contamination equivalent to raw sewage. Furthermore, produce samples tested by the researchers showed evidence that fecal contamination remained after waste-water from drains was used for irrigation.
Alhaji Collins Dauda lauded the SaniPath study, which directly addresses the policy objectives of the National Water Policy on urban water supply, which calls for “evidence-based decision making in the provision of urban water." For more click HERE
Congratulations to the 2013 recipients of the new CGSW WASH Certificate: Bunie Nwana, Eilidh Higgins, Laura Wright, Miranda Delahoy, Jacqueline Chan, Amanda Schaupp, and Gina Chapleau. Pictured here are some of our new WASH Certificate recipients with Dr. Christine Moe.
Click HERE for more information on the WASH Certificate program
Congratulations to Philip Collender, MPH 2013, winner of the Charles C. Shepherd award for his work on ecological sanitation systems in Bolivia. Here is he pictured with Dr. Christine Moe.
The Center for Global Safe Water is featured in two articles in this month's Emory Public Health Magazine! "Wise Water: The Center for Global Safe Water is helping make aid sustainable." and "Dr. Juan Leon, winner of the the ASPH/Pfizer Early Career in Public Health Teacher Award, puts students first."
‘Equity of Access to WASH in Schools’ presents findings from a six-country study conducted by UNICEF and the Center for Global Safe Water at Emory University. This research was carried out in collaboration with UNICEF country offices in Kyrgyzstan, Malawi, the Philippines, Timor-Leste, Uganda and Uzbekistan and their partners. The six case studies presented together contribute to the broader understanding of inequities in WASH by describing various dimensions that contribute to equitable or inequitable access across regions, cultures, gender and communities.
WASH in Schools Empowers Girls’ Education Proceedings of the Menstrual Hygiene Management in Schools Virtual Conference 2012. The publication compiles the result of the collaboration between Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and UNICEF. It captures outstanding Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) efforts and the MHM challenges schoolgirls face in many countries, a topic that until recently was considered too secretive and taboo to address in most contexts. Three key recommendations emerged for WASH in Schools network to take forward : (1) document current MHM practices and the barriers girls face in various contexts; (2) develop guidelines for integration of a minimum MHM package into existing WinS programmes; and (3) engage with national governments from the very beginning when initiating MHM-related activities to ensure buy-in and additional support for multi-sectoral involvement
World Water Day 2013: "Water Sanitation, and Hygiene: Transforming Lives"
Click HERE to view the full webcast from World Water Day 2013 with introductions by Dr. Jeffrey Koplan and Dr. Eugene Gangarosa.
Graduate Certificate in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene now available for RSPH students
The Rollins School of Public Health and the Center for Global Safe Water proudly announces the new Graduate Certificate in Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene for all Rollins students graduating in 2013 and beyond.
Please click here to view the new course website and for more information!
2013 CGSW Seminar Series Presents: “We can’t attend the class if we have menstruation, there is no water here and the latrine …we can’t use it" A Multi-country investigation of Menstruation, WASH and Impacts on Girls' Education held March 26 from 12:00 - 1:30 p.m., rm. 6001, Claudia Nance Rollins Building. Presented by Bethany Caruso, MPH, Jeanne Long, MPH, Jacqueline Haver, MSc and Gouthami Penakalapati, MPH candidate.
Educating adolescent girls at the secondary level has implications for development, poverty alleviation, civic engagement, personal health, and the health of children. The onset of menstruations poses multiple challenges for girls, especially at schools in low-income settings, and may put their learning potential at risk. Challenges related to menstrual management at school have been linked to absenteeism, distraction, decreased school participation, and falling behind in course work, though robust research is scarce. Many girls are uneducated about menstruation prior to their first period, lack support or resources needed for management, and attend schools with inadequate water, sanitation, and hygiene facilities.
This talk presents methods and preliminary findings from an EMORY-UNICEF collaboration aimed at understanding the scope of education impacts and challenges girls face during menstruation in Bolivia, the Philippines, and Rwanda. Data collected will inform programs and strategies for UNICEF and partners, with particular attention to the role of water, sanitation and hygiene.
Welcome New Associate Director, Joanne A. McGriff, MD MPH!
From Dr. Chrisine Moe: We are very happy to welcome Dr. Joanne McGriff to the Hubert Department of Global Health and our Center for Global Safe Water! Joanne has just joined us as the Associate Director for Programs in the Center for Global Safe Water.
Joanne A. McGriff, MD, MPH is originally from Long Island, New York and completed her undergraduate work at Princeton University. She earned her MD degree and Masters in Public Health from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry (NY). Following her graduate studies, Joanne spent several years as a Neuro-Psychiatry post-doctoral research fellow at the U.R. Department of Psychiatry (2004-2007). Her work was mostly in geriatric depression and personality factors influencing treatment. While a fellow, Joanne also applied her public health skills to develop and expand an emergency service program and the community mental health services of a local non-profit in the city of Rochester (2003-2007).Her non-profit management skills continued to flourish when she arrived in Atlanta in 2007. She became involved with ServeHAITI in 2008 as Executive Director, providing leadership and guidance for a staff of 28 at the Saint Vincent DePaul Health Center and seven ServeHAITI US organizational committees. She was also responsible for overseeing another staff of 26 implementing a 4 year USAID-PEPFAR grant in HIV prevention in rural Haiti. A descendent of Haitian parents, Dr. McGriff is fluent in Haitian Creole and has done international medical development work in multiple areas of Haiti.
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