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Roundtable on WASH and AMR report

In June 2017, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine convened a roundtable to build on earlier discussions around research, feasibility and funding, and the politics of WASH and AMR. The roundtable moved beyond a purely microbiological framing and considered the differential risks and patterns associated with the three domains of household and community, […]

Unpacking the enabling factors for hand, cord and birth-surface hygiene in Zanzibar maternity units

This collaborative research, published in Health Policy and Planning, provides an in-depth picture of the state of hygiene on maternity wards in Zanzibar to inform action. Hygiene was assessed in 2014 across all 37 facilities with a maternity unit in Zanzibar. Researchers used a mixed methods approach, including structured and semi-structured interviews, and environemntal microbiology. This […]

Women Deliver – Event Report

This report summarises the proceedings of a side session on the importance of WASH in HCFs for improving maternal and child health outcomes that SHARE co-convened with WaterAid, the Soapbox Collaborative, the Frontline Healthworkers Coalition, the UN Foundation and IntraHealth International at the 4th Women Deliver conference held in Copenhagen, Denmark in May 2016. http://www.shareresearch.org/research/women-deliver-event-report

WASH & CLEAN Project

The third in a series of four SHARE-WSSCC co-funded studies, this operational research sought to develop and pilot a suite of tools that could be used to objectively capture levels of cleanliness and the determinants, processes and outcomes of cleaning on the labour ward. The tools were piloted via a ‘situation analysis’ and a ‘needs […]

Improving Maternal Health in Zanzibar through Improved WASH

This briefing paper summarises the findings of a Government of Zanzibar (GoZ)-commissioned and SHARE-funded study that examined the standards of WASH, infection prevention control (IPC) and solid waste management across Zanzibar’s thirty-seven maternity units. The research was undertaken by The Soapbox Collaborative, WaterAid and the Pemba Health Laboratory Ivo de Carneri. Its results were shared […]

WASH & CLEAN on the Labour Ward: a Situational Analysis in India & Bangladesh

This RIU Summary outlines collaborative work that will be undertaken in partnership between the Indian Institute of Public Health, BRAC in Bangladesh, Immpact, University of Aberdeen and the Soapbox Collaborative, UK. It is one of four research projects funded by SHARE to explore the impacts of WASH poverty on women and girls. http://www.shareresearch.org/research/wash-clean-labour-ward-situational-analysis-india-bangladesh

From Joint Thinking to Joint Action: A Call to Action on Improving Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Maternal and Newborn Health

This paper, authored by scientists and technical experts from leading universities and international agencies, outlines the importance of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) for maternal and newborn health (MNH) outcomes and calls for greater inter-sectoral collaboration. It was launched at LSHTM on 15th December 2014. http://www.shareresearch.org/research/joint-thinking-joint-action-call-action-improving-water-sanitation-and-hygiene-maternal-and

WASH in Maternity Units Projects

The fourth in a series of five SHARE-funded studies, this collaborative bi-country operational research first sought to develop a suite of tools with which to perform a ‘situation analysis’ and a ‘needs assessment’ of the state of maternity units’ WASH and infection prevention and control (IPC) practices in Gujarat, India (the ‘WASH & CLEAN study’) and […]

Maternal Health and WASH

In this video, hear from Prof. Wendy Graham, Chair in Obstetrics & Gynaecology at University of Aberdeen and Research Advisor to DFID, on maternal health and WASH at the ‘Making Connections: Women, Sanitation and Health’ event held at LSHTM on 29th April 2013.