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Below are links to some new information resources from various environmental health organizations. The websites listed below and others can be found on the Environmental Health at USAID website at:

Asian Development Bank

Environmental Health at USAID

Hygiene Centre-London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

  • Hygiene Centre ‘Tools for Schools' Toolkit -
    To better understand the unique determinants of children's behaviour, the Hygiene Centre has been working for some years now on developing a set of tools which are tailored to effective communication with, and information elicitation from, children, especially in developing countries.

IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre -

USAID Hygiene Improvement Project

  • Hand Washing Reduces Mortality Risk in Newborns. HIP Note to the Field. Sept. 2008
  • - Summarizes a recent study in Nepal that examined the relationship between hand washing practices and neonatal deaths. Demonstrated the reduction in neonatal mortality from hand washing with soap by the birth attendant prior to delivery (25%) and hand washing by mothers before handling newborns (60%) compared with those who did not wash hands.
  • Woreda Resource Book: Community-Led Total Behavior Change in Hygiene and Sanitation. The Amhara Experience in Line with the Health Extension Program. The book outlines 12 key doable and achievable steps, which have been identified and tested on the ground through a learning by doing experience to help people change unsafe behaviors and bring about change in basic hygiene and sanitation. These steps can be customized to fit different circumstances and tailored to community settings with diverse cultures.


Water and Sanitation Program

  • Performance Improvement Planning: Developing Effective Billing and Collection Practices, 2008. - Improving billing and collection activities has an immediate impact on the revenue streams of a service provider that can, in turn, encourage commercial and operational efficiencies for aiding the expansion and delivery of improved, reliable, and sustainable services. This note draws on national and international cases to explore what it takes to implement an effective billing and collection system. 
  • Performance Improvement Planning: Designing an Effective Leakage Reduction and Management Program, 2008 - Reducing nonrevenue water and maintaining it at target levels is important for any service provider looking to improve quality of service, financial soundness, and creditworthiness. In the longer term, the effectiveness of nonrevenue water programs is a function of managerial efficiency and institutional accountability.

WHO - Environmental Health

WHO - Water Sanitation and Health

  • UN-Water Global Annual Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking-Water (GLAAS).
  • - The Global Annual Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking-Water (GLAAS) is a UN-Water pilot initiative led by the World Health Organization (WHO). UN-Water GLAAS constitutes a new approach to reporting on progress in the sanitation and drinking-water sectors that aims to strengthen evidence-based policy-making towards and beyond the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Contact information Dan Campbell, Web Manager, Environmental Health at USAID (email: ;
News type Inbrief
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Source of information Environmental Health at USAID
Keyword(s) benchmarking, MDGs
Geographical coverage International
News date 01/10/2008
Working language(s) ENGLISH