Subject: water

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Sanitation to fuel

From faeces to fuel: innovation in sanitation

2.5 billion people around the world do not have access to decent sanitation. On World Toilet Day our WASH Coordinator, Brian McSorley, describes some of the innovative ways in which Oxfam is working...

Examples of latrines. Credit: Audrey Andwati/Oxfam

Grand designs for low-cost latrines

A project in Northern Kenya using a build your own bog approach, otherwise known as Community-Led Total Sanitation, has led to some unusual and encouraging results. Oxfam's Public Health Promoter...

The very first drop of the pumped water from the station. Credit: Oxfam

Success in Syria: making sulphurous water drinkable

In the run up to World Humanitarian Day Leen Saeb, Public Health Engineer, shares a recent success from our Syria programme. In Salamiyah City, Oxfam has worked with local engineers to perform the...

Water pipe laying in Turkana. Credit: SWIFT's Oxfam team in Kenya

Fit for purpose or fit for payment?

Should payment by results be the new normal in programme funding? In this guest post, Nathaniel Mason, Research Fellow at the ODI, considers the experience of the SWIFT Consortium (Sustainable...

Syria: "Getting enough water has become my obsession…"

Razan is a 30-year-old accountant lives with her mother in the Syrian city of Salamiyah. Racha Chamoun reports on how Oxfam is working to improve access to water for people like her. ...

Drilling borehole at MSF's IPD Paediatric Hospital Monrovia. Credit: Andy Clarke/Oxfam

Engineering in the Ebola response: We hadn’t been here before

Water and sanitation engineer Andy Clarke describes his experience of responding to the unprecedented challenge of the Ebola outbreak in Liberia. He explains why being able to adapt to people's...

Teacher Moses A. Tholley sits in a classroom on the outskirts of Freetown. Mr Tholley and the other teachers are forced to carry water from the river on their heads. Oxfam is in the process of building a water pump for the nearby community. Credit: Abbie Trayler-Smith/Oxfam

Back to school: Improving water and sanitation facilities in Ebola hit countries

The Ebola epidemic in West Africa is not over yet, but as the number of new cases of the disease has reduced, schools have re-opened. Here Thuli Ndlovu, Ebola response communications officer, explains...

Former ski resort on Chacaltaya close to La Paz. Credit: Sally Rangecroft

Finding hidden water resources in Bolivia

With demand for water growing, new research by Sally Rangecroft has identified 54 rock glaciers in Bolivia that could provide an important source of all-year round water supply to local communities....

A health care worker, wearing basic infection prevention and control protection at Sister Agnes Clinic in Gardensville, Liberia. Credit: Abbie Trayler-Smith/Oxfam

7,000 people, one clinic, no running water: Ebola and health systems

The Ebola crisis has drawn attention to the state of health care systems in West Africa. Here Ebola policy lead, Jess Skinner, describes how health care workers in Liberia have continued to provide...

Changing people's behaviours towards hand washing in emergencies

Sonya Sagan is working on a global framework for promoting hand washing  with soap, using emotional motivators to encourage behaviour change. ...

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