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Blog Summarizes Recent Discussion On WASH, NTDs, Poverty Reduction

“[An] important conversation also occurred this week: ‘Why water and toilets matter in foreign aid,’ hosted by WaterAid at the National Press Club. Barbara Frost, chief executive of WaterAid U.K.; Henry Northover, head of policy at WaterAid U.K.; and Lisa Schechtman, director of policy and advocacy at WaterAid America spoke about how WASH can advance many U.S. interests. WaterAid also invited Dr. Neeraj Mistry, Global Network’s managing director, to weigh in about the health implications of poor WASH circumstances,” according to a post on the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases’ “End The Neglect” blog. The post summarizes the conversation (Elson, 4/11). A separate post on the blog notes, “This week, the former President of the Republic of Ghana and the Global Network’s Special Envoy for neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), John A. Kufuor, joined partners from the U.S. government, NGO community and private sector to discuss ways to increase access to improved water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)…” (Gordon, 4/11).