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Last week on March 8 was International Women’s Day (IWD). This year’s theme was “Inspiring Change”.  Four women inspiring change in the WASH sector came together during the World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden, in September last year. They were Water For People’s Kate Fogelberg; IRC’s Vida Duti and Jane Nabunnya Mulumba, and Alice Bouman, President of the Women for Water Partnership. They talked about the role of women in the WASH sector.

Women leadership in WASH is needed and should be actively promoted. This was one of the main outcomes of the panel discussion on Women and WASH led by the four women mentioned above. The discussion highlighted the role of women leaders in WASH, the question of why more focus on the role of women is so important, and what lack of access to improved water and sanitation services means for women in…

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Title: Current Research on Hygiene, Water and Cholera in Environmental Microbiology Laboratory, ICDDR, B (Bangladesh)

Presenter: Dr. Sirajul Islam

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Time: 3-4 pm

Location: Cancer & Genetics Research Complex Room 451 A & B

Join us for a presentation by Dr. Sirajul Islam, head of the Environmental Microbiology Lab at the International Center for Diarrheal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR, B).  Dr. Islam has been working on cholera and other diarrheal diseases all over the world for over 35 years.  He will be presenting his latest findings on cholera reservoirs in the environment and other ongoing research on the control and eradication of cholera and other water-born diarrheal diseases.  He has published over 100 articles on these topics, 50 of which he is the lead author.

There is a Health in Africa Working Group talk today (Oct 7th) that maybe of interest to some of our group.

The Health in Africa Working Group at the Center for African Studies presents:

HIV/AIDS and PEPFAR: From Emergency to Sustainability in Tanzania

Meredith Marten, University of Florida

Date: Monday 7 October, 2013

Time: 11:45-12:45

Location: 471 Grinter Hall Please join us.


Title: Open Defecation and Childhood Stunting in India: An Ecological Analysis of New Data from 112 Districts.

Oct 3, 2013 (Thursday) 4:05 PM

Location: HPNP Room G-108

Moderator: Amber Barnes

Join us for our discussion of this article that evaluates the relationship between open defecation and sanitation to childhood stunting. This study combines a recent large-scale data set, the 2011 HUNGaMA survey, with information on the distribution of open defecation from the 2011 Indian Census to better understand the link between sanitation and child stunting.

A recent Cochran Intervention Review addresses this issue on a broader scale, presenting the results of a meta-analysis evaluating current research on the effect poor sanitation may have on malnutrition. We will focus our discussion on the Spears et al. 2013 paper, but the Cochran Review article provides useful background and complementary information and research.

Oliver Cumming, a co-author on both the discussion article and the review paper, will be visiting the EPI from Oct 13-16 and has agreed to present on the Cochran Intervention Review. Oliver is a collaborator and colleague of our own Dr. Rheingans mainly through their involvement with the SHARE Research Consortium.  Following that presentation, he has agreed to hold a short discussion with our members.  We will post the details for this exciting follow-up event soon.

Amber Barnes is a Doctoral student in the Department of Environmental and Global Health with interests in health disparities impacts on maternal and child health.

Citation: Spears D, Ghosh A, Cumming O (2013) Open Defecation and Childhood Stunting in India: An Ecological Analysis of New Data from 112 Districts. PLoS ONE 8(9): e73784. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0073784

Next February is the 2014 Water Institute Symposium and there is a student poster competition – 3 winners get $1000 prize for travel to conferences.

This is an exciting event, as students meet with 3 people (judges) in their related field, to have discussions about the content for the purposes of judging the poster. If you have some interesting research or a project and results, think about submitting an abstract by the Oct 11 deadline.

The poster session also has posters by faculty, industry and extension. It is the fun part of the Symposium where many people chat and mingle.  See the Judging Form to see what content is expected for a student research poster.  For more information click here.

Title: The Governance of Water in the Sahel.

Sept 19, 2013 (Thursday) 4:05 PM

Location: HPNP Room G-108

Speaker: Dr. Fatoumata Hane

Please welcome Dr. Fatoumata Hane, a visiting scholar from the University of Ziguinchor in Senegal.  Dr. Fatoumata Hane is a medical anthropologist with a background in Tuberculosis research, but also has done research regarding political activism in Senegal.

PhD Graduate Research Assistantship – University of Florida

Specialization: Environmental health in the Amazon region

Start Date: January 1, 2014/Spring Term (or until position is filled)

Application Deadline: October 15, 2013

Expected start date is January 1, 2014 to coincide with Spring term, but applications will be accepted until the position has been filled.

Dr. Denis Valle, Assistant Professor in the School of Forest Resources and Conservation at the University of Florida (UF), is now accepting applications for a PhD Graduate Research Assistantship position. Research in HIS group focuses on tackling important environmental health problems by creating and using advanced statistical methods.

The goal of this position is to study environmental drivers (e.g., climate and land use change) of human health in the Amazon region. Despite its conservation importance, this region is still undergoing massive land use /land cover change, with large impacts on public health. This project will benefit from large-scale malaria datasets from my group, as well as ongoing projects focused on evaluating the public health /nutritional impact of dams in the region.

Click here for more information.

The Health in Africa Working Group here at UF has released their 2013-14 schedule.  There are some interesting talks from students and faculty here at UF as well as hosting visiting scholars.



Title: The urban political ecology of plastic bag waste problem in Nairobi, Kenya

Sept 5, 2013 (Thursday) 4:05 PM

Location: HPNP Room G-108

Moderator: Tess Ryley

Join us for our first Fall meeting! We will discuss this article about problems of plastic bag waste in Nairobi.  The article presents the impacts of discarded plastic bags, such as increasing solid waste streams, preventing proper waste water drainage and providing mosquito breeding habitat. The author presents data on the distribution of the problem and some of the determinants driving this distribution.

Tess is a PhD student in Anthropology at UF under the advisement of Dr. Alyson Young.  She is a member of the Health in Africa Working Group here at UF.  Environmental health risks associated with plastic bag waste is part of her ongoing research in Senegal.

Njeru, Jeremia (2006). The urban political ecology of plastic bag waste problem in Nairobi, Kenya. Geoforum (37).  doi: 10.1016/j.geoforum.2006.03.003

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