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EHP is pleased to announce its newest publication, The Story of a Successful Public-Private Partnership in Central America: Handwashing for Diarrheal Disease Prevention.Published jointly by EHP, the BASICS II Project, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and the World Bank, the document describes an EHP-BASICS initiative that brought together soap companies, government ministries, international donor organizations, nongovernmental organizations, and the media in three Central American countries to promote handwashing with soap to prevent diarrheal disease.The experience documented in this publication illustrates that public-private partnerships can achieve positive public health results. The results of the initiative include improvements in handwashing behavior associated with reductions in diarrheal disease, leveraging of significant additional resources for public health, and sustained involvement of private-sector partners in public health promotion. The publication also describes essential elements required in forming public-private partnerships, discusses lessons learned from the experience in Central America, and outlines key steps for replication. It aims to provide enough information to help readers decide whether the EHP-BASICS approach might enhance their programs.To view the publication online, please go to the EHP World Wide Web site Publications page: http://www.ehproject.org/live/Rptspub.html.
WEST BANK VILLAGE WATER AND SANITATION PROGRAMIn a large part of the rural West Bank, per capita freshwater use is inadequate to maintain basic standards of health and hygiene. Limited access to clean water is compounded by inadequate sanitation facilities, which pollute the environment.USAID’s Village Water and Sanitation (VWS) Program aims to provide safe water and improved sanitation to 140,000 people in 44 villages in three areas of the West Bank near Nablus and West Hebron. To maximize impact, the program will supplement these improvements in infrastructure with activities in hygiene promotion and education for diarrheal disease prevention and community participation.Under the VWS Program, EHP will develop and implement feasibility studies, design and implement programs for improved community education and governance, and work with communities and municipalities to improve water, sanitation, and hygiene practices.EHP will undertake these activities in collaboration with the Palestinian Water Authority, Save the Children, and American Near East Refugee Aid. International partners include the World Bank and the European Investment Bank which fund supporting infrastructure and management programs.  For information on the activity, please contact Craig Hafner (mailto:[email protected])
IMPROVING URBAN HEALTH IN ASIA AND THE NEAR EAST REGIONAn estimated 600 million people currently live in urban areas of the developing world—many under life- and health-threatening conditions in makeshift or informal communities.  The USAID/Asia and the Near East (ANE) Regional Bureau recently tasked EHP with a three-phase activity: (1) documentation of existing urban health information specific to the ANE region; (2) in-depth analysis of urban child health conditions in three urban areas in the region—Ahmedabad in India, Manila in the Philippines, and Cairo in Egypt; and (3) identification of strategies and priority next steps for addressing urban health issues in the region.Currently, EHP is working on Phase I—documenting existing information on urban health in the ANE region.For information on the activity, please contact Eddy Perez (mailto:[email protected])
PAHO-EHP PARTNERSHIP IN INTEGRATED MANAGEMENT OF CHILDHOOD ILLNESSEHP is collaborating with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) to develop materials and community-based methods related to diarrheal disease prevention. The materials and the methods for their use will serve as guidelines for field workers to implement behavior change relating to handwashing and safe excreta disposal. They will consist of generic instructional materials, which can be used throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, and a methodology guide that describes the use and adaptation of the generic materials for specific local conditions.Over the next two years, these products will be developed and will be field-tested in Peru and Nicaragua and will be integrated into materials for Community Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (C-IMCI) that PAHO is using under its IMCI Strategy.For information on the activity, please contact: Chris McGahey (mailto:[email protected]).

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