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An interview with Raya

An interview with Raya hrandall Thu, 11/16/2017 – 12:49 Nov 16, 2017 Hope Randall Digital Communications Officer for DefeatDD Our team has made so many good friends this year at Sesame Workshop India, both of the human and Muppet variety. We celebrated World Water Day with Chamki and Googly, and now we’re gearing up for World Toilet Day with Raya, who is just as passionate as we are about keeping germs at bay.   We sat down to thank her for contributing a Toilet Talk for our campaign to raise awareness about diarrhea prevention and treatment ahead of World Toilet Day and to share with advocates our new state of the field report. And of course, we continued to talk toilets!   Hope: Good to meet you, Raya

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Comparing the behavioral impact of a nudge-based handwashing intervention to high-intensity…

Objective To determine the impact of environmental nudges on handwashing behaviors among primary school children as compared to a high-intensity hygiene education intervention.

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Contribution of the Standards-Based Management and Recognition (SBM-R) approach to fighting…

Quality improvement tools play an important role in ensuring better malaria services.  Moumouni Bonkoungou, Ousmane Badolo, and Thierry Ouedraogo describe how Standards Based Management and Recognition Approach to Quality Improvement Jhpiego’s quality approach, Standards-Based Management and Recognition, was applied to enhancing the provision of malaria services in Burkina Faso at the 66th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Their work was supported through the President’s Malaria Initiative and the USAID Improving Malaria Care Project. In 2015, Burkina Faso recorded 8,286,463 malaria cases, including 450,024 severe cases with 5379 deaths. The main reasons for these death are:  Inadequate application of national malaria diagnosis and treatment guidelines, delays in seeking health care and poor quality of case management.

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Session picks: American Evaluation Association (AEA) Conference

(Joint post from Linda Raftree, MERL Tech and Megan Colnar, Open Society Foundations) The American Evaluation Association Conference happens once a year, and offers literally hundreds of sessions. It can take a while to sort though all of them. Because there are so many sessions, it’s easy to feel a bit lost in the crowds of people and content. So, Megan Colnar (Open Society Foundations) and I thought we’d share some of the sessions that caught our eye.

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Online Survey to Elicit Views of Technical Support from Endemic Country Neglected Tropical…

An online survey was part of the process of an evaluation of USAID’s NTD program conducted by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. William R. Brieger, Adebamike Oshunbade, Gilbert Burnham, Violetta Yevstigneyeva, Emily Wainwright, and Darin Evans present the process and brief findings from the online survey Monday (20171106) during Poster Session A of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 66th Annual Conference in Baltimore. If you are there, look for Late Breaker Poster #5111. The poster abstract is provided below

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Rotavirus vaccines: a lifesaving opportunity for Afghanistan

Rotavirus vaccines: a lifesaving opportunity for Afghanistan hrandall Tue, 10/31/2017 – 11:17 Oct 31, 2017 Dr. Palwasha Anwari Photo: Palwasha Anwari   Diarrheal disease has haunted Afghanistan for far too long. In 2015, a Demographic and Health Survey from Afghanistan found that, in the two weeks before the survey, nearly three in ten children under five had suffered from diarrhea. It is estimated that more than 45 percent of all diarrhea-related hospitalizations in Afghanistan are due to rotavirus—the leading, deadliest form of severe diarrheal disease—and Afghanistan is one of just ten countries that account for almost two-thirds of all rotavirus deaths worldwide.   This needs to end.

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Women lead the way to a healthier India

Women lead the way to a healthier India hrandall Wed, 10/25/2017 – 15:05 Oct 25, 2017 Erika Amaya Digital Communications Officer, PATH On DefeatDD’s trip to India earlier this year, I had the opportunity to meet with many dedicated colleagues working to reduce the toll of childhood diarrhea. As they guided our team through some of the communities most affected by a high burden of infectious disease,  residents shared  their challenges, successes, and hopes for the future.   Through these conversations, I learned that here, women are leading the charge for social change and health.   As our colleague Dr.

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Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene in Rural Health-Care Facilities: A Cross-Sectional Study in…

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Prevalence, intensity and risk factors of tungiasis in Kilifi County, Kenya: I. Results from a…

by Susanne Wiese, Lynne Elson, Felix Reichert, Barbara Mambo, Hermann Feldmeier Background Tungiasis is a neglected tropical disease caused by female sand fleas (Tunga penetrans) embedded in the skin. The disease is associated with important morbidity. Tungiasis is endemic along the Coast of Kenya with a prevalence ranging from 11% to 50% in school-age children

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No time like the present: tackling enteric diseases through integration

No time like the present: tackling enteric diseases through integration hrandall Wed, 10/04/2017 – 13:44 Oct 04, 2017 Zoey Diaz Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation As many of you know, here at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, we are passionate about child health.  We have been encouraged by progress that has been achieved in recent decades: since 1990, the percentage of children who die before age five has been cut in half, primarily through access to better vaccines and treatment in low and middle income countries. However, 50% is not a passing grade. Being an organization of overachievers, we still see much work to do and recognize the great potential to reach more children with proven solutions, as well as new innovations in both tools and delivery systems.

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Improving data on ageing to leave no one behind

At the end of August, I participated in a meeting in Winchester, UK, with colleagues from national statistical offices, UN agencies, NGOs and academia, to discuss the need for better disaggregation by age and ageing-related statistics. The UK’s Office of National Statistics hosted the technical group to lay the groundwork for the creation of the Titchfield City Group on Ageing and Age-disaggregated Data, which will provide expert recommendations to the UN Statistical Commission. Other city groups have significantly improved the collection of data, such as the Washington Group’s work on disability statistics. In order to leave no one behind – a core aim of Agenda 2030’s Sustainable Development Goals – we need to understand all the dimensions through which people are excluded.

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An impossible choice: The dangerous disruption of diarrhea treatment costs

An impossible choice: The dangerous disruption of diarrhea treatment costs hrandall Tue, 09/05/2017 – 10:43 Sep 05, 2017 defeatDD Many families are forced to make the impossible choice between treatment and family finances when their children fall ill with diarrheal disease.   Diarrheal disease isn’t just a medical problem—it’s an economic one, too. We’ve heard from families around the world how the costs of diarrhea treatment can significantly interrupt parents’ livelihoods as well as education, food, and shelter for the rest of the family. A study published in the British Medical Journal provides powerful evidence and deeper insights into the economics of diarrheal disease for families in Malawi. To help break it down, we’re sharing a few of the study’s most fascinating findings

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Nutrition and WASH: a recipe for success

Nutrition and WASH: a recipe for success hrandall Wed, 08/30/2017 – 13:53 Aug 30, 2017 Mwandwe Chileshe Global Program Associate at 1,000 Days and a Global Health Corps fellow Originally posted on the 1000 Days website.   In the leadup to World Water Week, WaterAid, SHARE (Sanitation and Hygiene Applied Research for Equity) and Action Against Hunger launched a new report, “The recipe for success,” in which they discuss  a key ingredient for fighting global malnutrition – WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene). The report highlights that 50% of undernutrition in children under five is associated with repeated diarrhea and infections resulting from poor WASH conditions. Additionally, poor sanitation is listed as the second leading cause of stunting worldwide.

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Soil iron and aluminium concentrations and feet hygiene as possible predictors of Podoconiosis…

by Jacinta Muli, John Gachohi, Jim Kagai Background Podoconiosis (mossy foot) is a neglected non-filarial elephantiasis considered to be caused by predisposition to cumulative contact of uncovered feet to irritative red clay soil of volcanic origins in the tropical regions. Data from structured observational studies on occurrence of Podoconiosis and related factors are not available in Kenya.

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