WWD2011 Presentation – Do we really need more research on sanitation? – by Oliver Cumming

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April 4, 2011

Do we really need more research on sanitation?

Arguing for additional research on sanitation as a part of the WASH solution, Dr Oliver Cumming of the SHARE Research Programme Consortium at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine noted that quality research will help provide a rationale for why we should invest in sanitation, how to invest at scale, and a clearer understanding of the effects of sanitation versus water. There is still no clear understanding of the relationships between access, use, and outcomes in WASH initiatives. Cumming further emphasised that the sanitation crisis is characterised by inequity. Sanitation has the potential to be especially transformative for the lives of those in poverty. As part of these efforts, SHARE is conducting related research with a variety of partners, including slum dweller organisations.

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