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Why menstrual hygiene is integral to solving the WASH crisis

As we all know, ‘Menstrual Hygiene’ does not roll off the tongue easily. In fact, it is the deafening silence and pervasive cultural taboos around this normal biological function that has led to a worldwide push to reserve a Day (May 28) to acknowledge it. The silence and awkwardness around menstruation adversely impacts the lives […]

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Listen up Canada, WASH Inclusion is Critical for Improved Maternal Newborn Child Health!

The current Ebola Epidemic, SARS a few years ago, regular outbreaks of Cholera and the persistent scourge of Diarrhea remind us that global health is an urgent problem that needs our attention. What I also know to be true is that any progress we make will be limited, until we learn to start with the building blocks […]

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Reflections on the Maternal, Newborn, Child Health Summit in Toronto and WASH

Thanks to a push made by the WASH Canada network partners, see our letter to Minister Paradis, I was invited to attend the recent high level MNCH summit (May 28-30) in Toronto. The summit was very interesting and quite the ‘event’ in downtown Toronto. Besides the hosts, Prime Minister Harper and many of the government’s […]

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Impacting WASH in Schools …

It is almost 2014, yet close to 50% of schools in the developing world still do not have, or have inadequate, access to WASH (WAter+Sanitation+Hygiene) facilities and education. If we are ever going to succeed in making an impact on the global crisis, where close to 1 Billion people have no clean water and 2.5 […]

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