Integration of Nutrition and WaSH programmes was the key topic discussed at the multi sectorial panel seminar hosted by Irish Aid, the IFGH and the Development Studies Association of Ireland on the 19th May.

Jacinta Greene and Dr. Sean Farren of DSA Ireland introduced the panel of speakers, consisting of Professor Robert Chambers, Research Associate at the Institute of Development Studies; Niall Roche, WaSH / Environmental Health consultant; Mags Gaynor of Irish Aid; and Kate Golden, Senior Nutrition Advisor to Concern Worldwide. Attendees drew from anthropologists, health professionals, nutritionists, WaSH advisers, NGO programme managers, researchers and policy makers.

Below are links to the seminar’s presentations, etc:

Blog post by Siobhan Nestor, Clinical Nutritionist, gives an excellent summary of the seminar. One of the areas discussed was “Baby WaSH” which was proposed by Kate Golden as a revolutionary area for further development and implementation into nutrition and WaSH programs. Simple strategic measures such as provision of protected area for children to play or rest away from contaminated areas with faeces, soil, washing practices, handwashing by the caregiver, and exclusive breastfeeding for six months and boiling drinking water were all cited as effective hygiene interventions.
http://www.dsaireland.org/blog/2015/05/28/shit-stunts-refocusing-priorities-in-nutrition-and/

Presentations from this seminar are at:
http://www.dsaireland.org/news/2015/06/04/presentations-from-nutrition-and-wash-integration/

Keynote Address:

Other presentations

 

Challenges and opportunities associated with neglected tropical disease and water, sanitation and hygiene intersectoral integration programsBMC Public Health, June 2015.

Authors: E. Anna Johnston, Jordan Teague and Jay P. Graham

Background - Recent research has suggested that water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) interventions, in addition to mass drug administration (MDA), are necessary for controlling and eliminating many neglected tropical diseases (NTDs).

Objectives - This study investigated the integration of NTD and WASH programming in order to identify barriers to widespread integration and make recommendations about ideal conditions and best practices critical to future integrated programs.

Methods - Twenty-four in-depth, semi-structured interviews were conducted with key stakeholders in the global NTD and WASH sectors to identify barriers and ideal conditions in programmatic integration.

Results - The most frequently mentioned barriers to WASH and NTD integration included: 1) differing programmatic objectives in the two sectors, including different indicators and metrics; 2) a disproportionate focus on mass drug administration; 3) differences in the scale of funding; 4) siloed funding; and 5) a lack of coordination and information sharing between the two sectors. Participants also conveyed that a more holistic approach was needed if future integration efforts are to be scaled-up. The most commonly mentioned requisite conditions included: 1) education and advocacy; 2) development of joint indicators; 3) increased involvement at the ministerial level; 4) integrated strategy development; 5) creating task forces or committed partnerships; and 6) improved donor support.

Conclusions - Public health practitioners planning to integrate NTD and WASH programs can apply these results to create conditions for more effective programs and mitigate barriers to success. Donor agencies should consider funding more integration efforts to further test the proof of principle, and additional support from national and local governments is recommended if integration efforts are to succeed. Intersectoral efforts that include the development of shared indicators and objectives are needed to foster conditions conducive to expanding effective integration programs.

Exposure to cows is not associated with diarrhoea or impaired child growth in rural Odisha, India

June 23, 2015

Exposure to cows is not associated with diarrhoea or impaired child growth in rural Odisha, India: a cohort study. Epidemiology and Infection, June 2015. Abstract Authors: W.-P. SCHMIDTa1 c1, S. BOISSONa1, P. ROUTRAYa1, M. BELLa1, M. CAMERONa1, B. TORONDELa1 and T. CLASENa1a2 a1 Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, […]

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USAID – Essential Nutrition Actions and Essential Hygiene Actions Framework, 2015

June 23, 2015

Essential Nutrition Actions and Essential Hygiene Actions Framework, 2015. Link Authors: A. Guyon , V. Quinn, J. Nielsen, M. Stone-Jimenez Organizational Authors: USAID,  JSI,  Helen Keller International,  CORE Group Developed in 1997, the Essential Nutrition Actions (ENA) framework has been implemented in Africa, Asia and Latin America. It is a tool for advocacy, planning, training […]

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USAID Global Waters: Feeding Africa’s Hungry, June 2015

June 23, 2015

USAID Global Waters: Feeding Africa’s Hungry,  June 2015  Articles Letter from the Water Office On building resilience from Asia to Africa  Feeding Africa’s Hungry USAID Associate Administrator Eric Postel on boosting food security in Africa Feeding Rain of Shine Helping Africa Withstand Climate Shocks Mekong, Mother of Water Water cooperation in Southeast Asia Sanitation to […]

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Fecal Markers of Environmental Enteropathy are Associated with Animal Exposure and Caregiver Hygiene in Bangladesh

June 9, 2015

Fecal Markers of Environmental Enteropathy are Associated with Animal Exposure and Caregiver Hygiene in Bangladesh. Am Jnl Trop Med Hyg, June 2015. Abstract/order info Authors: Christine Marie George, Lauren Oldja, Shwapon K. Biswas, Jamie Perin, Gwenyth O. Lee, Shahnawaz Ahmed, Rashidul Haque, R. Bradley Sack, Tahmina Parvin, Ishrat J. Azmi, Sazzadul Islam Bhuyian, Kaisar A. […]

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Water for food security and nutrition

June 9, 2015

Water for food security and nutrition, 2015.  A report by The High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition. Link, pdf The Water for Food Security and Nutrition report by the HLPE for the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) calls for policy coherence at all levels of governance and management around water, food […]

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Opportunities to assess factors contributing to the development of the intestinal microbiota in infants living in developing countries

June 9, 2015

Opportunities to assess factors contributing to the development of the intestinal microbiota in infants living in developing countries. Microbial Ecology in Health & Disease 2015, 26: 28316 -http://dx.doi.org/10.3402/mehd.v26.28316 Link Dennis Lang and MAL-ED Network Investigators. Recent evidence suggests that establishment of a healthy gut microbiota shortly after birth is important to achieve optimal growth and development of […]

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FAO -The State of Food Insecurity in the World

June 9, 2015

The State of Food Insecurity in the World, 2015. FAO. Link, pdf For the developing regions as a whole, the two indicators of MDG 1c – the prevalence of undernourishment and the proportion of underweight children under 5 years of age – have both declined. In some regions, including western Africa, south-eastern Asia and South America, undernourishment […]

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CNN – ‘Invisible’ crisis scars children for life

June 9, 2015

‘Invisible’ crisis scars children for life | Source: CNN News, June 4, 2015 | Guatemala is suffering from a crisis of chronic malnutrition, especially in indigenous Mayan communities where seven out of 10 children are stunted. According to the World Food Programme, the country has the fourth-highest rate of chronic malnutrition in the world. This […]

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