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An environmental health assessment of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Village and Water Sanitation (VWS) Program in the West Bank has been completed. The Environmental Health Project (EHP), in collaboration with Save the Children, carried out the assessment in January and February 2002, under very difficult conditions. The purpose of the VWS Program is to provide safe and sustainable water and sanitation services to an estimated 140,000 people living in 46 underserved communities in the West Bank—in areas west of Hebron and south of Nablus.The assessment focused on access to and types of water supply and sanitation facilities, willingness and ability to pay for new infrastructure, knowledge and practices affecting household and community water and sanitation management, prevalence of waterborne and sanitation-related disease among children under five years old, and quality of domestic drinking water.The findings have been presented at a USAID debriefing. The assessment is the first in a series of operational research activities intended to provide information for the design phase of the VWS Program for improvements in infrastructure and household hygiene practices. For more information, please contact [email protected]
NEW BROCHURE!EHP has updated its brochure. Download the 319K PDF file. For more information or a hard copy of the brochure, contact [email protected]
NEW EHP PUBLICATIONS!1. Activity Report on Hygiene Behavior Change in Peru Activity Report 107, Developing a Hygiene Behavior Change Program for Children with Lead Poisoning Living in Informal Urban Areas of Lima, Peru, is now available from EHP. The report documents a behavior change project to reduce lead exposure among children as part of USAID/Peru’s Urban Environmental Health and Hygiene Behavior activity. The project is part of the follow-up on recommendations from a study of blood lead levels of postpartum women and children in poor areas of Lima and Callao, which had shown high blood lead levels in those living close to a shipping port and storage area for mineral concentrates in Callao. The report describes steps involved in the behavior change technical assistance provided by EHP to the Environmental Health General Directorate (DIGESA) of Peru’s Ministry of Health, as well as the lessons learned.Download the 945K PDF file. For more information or a hard copy of the report, contact [email protected]
2. Activity Report on Malaria Vector ControlActivity Report 108, A Review of Control Methods for African Malaria Vectors, is also now available from EHP.This report reviews published information on selected control methods for anopheline mosquitoes and provides a relatively brief introduction to options for malaria vector control. It describes most of the physical, chemical, and biological methods that have been used in malaria vector control programs and summarizes information on factors that influence the efficacy of each method. Because of EHP’s programmatic focus on community-based actions to prevent disease transmission, the review pays greatest attention to environmental management and other vector control methods that may be implemented by community-based organizations.Download the 628K PDF file. For more information or a hard copy of the report, contact [email protected] 
3. EHP Brief on EHP’s West Bank ProgramEHP Brief 5, Programming, Participation, and Partnerships under Duress: The West Bank Village Water and Sanitation Program, is now available from EHP.This is a two-page EHP Brief that describes a two-year, USAID-funded program in the West Bank implemented by EHP in close partnership with the Palestinian Water Authority and other concerned national agencies. The purpose of the program is to provide safe and sustainable water and sanitation services for up to 140,000 people living in 46 communities in areas west of Hebron and south of Nablus. Download the 531K PDF file. For more information or a copy of EHP Brief 5 or other EHP Briefs, contact [email protected]
4. Joint Publications Advocacy Pamphlet and CD-ROM on Handwashing Two companion pieces to The Story of a Successful Public-Private Partnership in Central America: Handwashing for Diarrheal Disease Prevention are now available, published by the Basic Support for Child Survival Project (BASICS II), EHP, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), USAID, and the World Bank.Advocacy Pamphlet: Public-Private Partnerships: Mobilizing Resources to Achieve Public Health Goals: The Central American Handwashing Initiative Points the Way. This is a 16-page pamphlet that outlines the key elements of public-private partnerships, as illustrated by the Central American Handwashing Initiative, including critical factors for replication.Download English (1.7M)Spanish (8.8M), or French (1.7M) PDF file. For more information or a hard copy of the pamphlet, contact [email protected]CD-ROM: Public-Private Partnerships for Public Health: Promoting Handwashing in Central America: A Compendium of Resources. This is a mini-CD-ROM containing a variety of materials in English and Spanish to be used in conducting similar handwashing initiatives. Its contents are as follows:The Story of a Successful Public-Private Partnership in Central America: Handwashing for Diarrheal Disease Prevention (in English) Public-Private Partnerships: Mobilizing Resources to Achieve Public Health Goals: The Central American Handwashing Initiative Points the Way (in English, Spanish, and French)Generis Latina Final Report: Evaluación de Impacto del Campaña “Lavo Mis Manos por Salud” (in Spanish)Market Survey (in Spanish)Radio Jingle (in Spanish)Television Spot (in Spanish)Promotional and Public Relations Pamphlets: Lavo Mis Manos por Salud (in Spanish)1, 2, 3 Generic Campaign, Protex, Unisola, “Manolo,” and Public Sector Posters (in Spanish)For more information or a copy of the CD-ROM, contact [email protected]

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