Testing waters: Can our Dispensers for Safe Water model improve safe water access in Ethiopia?

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Testing waters: Can our Dispensers for Safe Water model improve safe water access in Ethiopia?

In 2016, the Millennium Water Alliance (MWA) approached Evidence Action with an interest in piloting our safe water model in Ethiopia, where over 48 million people still lack access to safe water despite the monumental strides that have been made to tackle the issue there. For us, the partnership, with CARE International as MWA’s lead implementing partner, offered a chance to gauge whether another organization can implement the Dispensers for Safe Water model given our support in supplying the hardware, sharing implementation best practices, and supporting program monitoring.

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Challenging Convention: Women Lead at Evidence Action [Part Two]

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Challenging Convention: Women Lead at Evidence Action [Part Two]

As the United States commemorates Women’s Equality Day on August 26, we’re celebrating a key aspect of our diversity, which is not yet the norm across many sectors, including in international development - gender equality. In the spirit of challenging convention, one of our core values, we’re honoring the phenomenal women who lead across Evidence Action. We asked some of these women to answer a few questions about their professional development, inspiration, and the best career advice they’ve received, among other topics. Read the second part of this two-part interview series to hear more insights from our women leaders.

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Challenging Convention: Women Lead at Evidence Action [Part One]

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Challenging Convention: Women Lead at Evidence Action [Part One]

As the United States commemorates Women’s Equality Day on August 26, we’re celebrating a key aspect of our diversity, which is not yet the norm across many sectors, including in international development - gender equality. In the spirit of challenging convention, one of our core values, we’re honoring the phenomenal women who lead across Evidence Action. We asked some of these women to answer a few questions about their professional development, inspiration, and the best career advice they’ve received, among other topics. Read part one of this two-part interview series to see what they had to say!

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Expanding Deworming to Migrant Populations in India under National Deworming Day

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Expanding Deworming to Migrant Populations in India under National Deworming Day

India’s National Deworming Day (NDD), initiated in 2015, is the world’s largest single-day public health intervention, providing children between the ages of 1-19 with free deworming tablets. As part of Evidence Action’s technical assistance to the Government of India and select state governments for the August NDD treatment round, we are collaborating on several tailored strategies to target hard-to-reach children, including migrant workers in the north-eastern state of Tripura.

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Meet our Regional Director, Africa

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Meet our Regional Director, Africa

Earlier this year, Mr. Paul Byatta assumed leadership of our Africa operations as Regional Director, following five years of  regional growth in our Deworm the World Initiative and Dispensers for Safe Water programs. We took the opportunity to interview Paul to learn more about what makes him tick.

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Iteration in Action: Recalibrating our Dispensers for Safe Water Data

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Iteration in Action: Recalibrating our Dispensers for Safe Water Data

In our Dispensers for Safe Water program, which provides access to safe drinking water by installing chlorine dispensers near community water sources in Kenya, Uganda, and Malawi, we verify their use by measuring the adoption rate of chlorine among the households that our dispensers serve. Through the survey conducted in late 2017, we found that our population reached declined from 4.7 million, which is based on surveys conducted for each new dispenser installation during program scale-up from 2012-2016, to 4.0 million people program-wide today.

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An evaluation of a relative-risk HIV awareness campaign generated mixed results ...here’s what we learned from it.

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An evaluation of a relative-risk HIV awareness campaign generated mixed results ...here’s what we learned from it.

A 2005 randomized controlled trial conducted in Kenya found that girls who were told about the dangers of sugar daddies were 28% less likely to be pregnant at year-end than girls who were simply told to abstain, and girls who received no sexual education beyond that offered in school. Based on this success, Young 1ove worked with a group of partners, including the Government of Botswana, the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), Botswana-Baylor Children’s Clinical Centre of Excellence, and Evidence Action, to evaluate the idea again through a similar program, No Sugar. This second round of evaluation delivered mixed results and all partners involved in the program made a decision not to scale the No Sugar intervention. Here are our three biggest takeaways from the experience.

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Ambiguous results and clear decision-making: a sugar-daddy awareness program evaluated in Botswana will not be scaled up

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Ambiguous results and clear decision-making: a sugar-daddy awareness program evaluated in Botswana will not be scaled up

What happens when you tell middle-school and teenage girls in Africa about the dangers of sexually engaging with older men who offer them financial favors? Does it affect their choice of sexual partner? A Kenya-based, 2005 randomized controlled trial suggested it might. In 2014, Botswana-based non-profit Young 1ove brought together a group of partners to re-evaluate the idea through a program, “No Sugar,” designed to be scaled-up across Southern Africa. The evaluation yielded mixed results; consequently, the Government of Botswana, Young 1ove, and other partners are not scaling up No Sugar as it was originally designed. Instead, Young 1ove is redesigning the program for further evaluation of impact, before potentially scaling it up in future.

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Reflecting on 5 Years of Deworming in Kenya for Saumu, Valentiyne, and 6 million of their peers

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Reflecting on 5 Years of Deworming in Kenya for Saumu, Valentiyne, and 6 million of their peers

At Evidence Action, we determine impact based on data, and in partnership with governments, we reached over 280 million children in 2017 alone through our Deworm the World Initiative. Our focus on scale means we rarely have the opportunity to zoom in on an individual’s experience. So in February, we jumped at the chance to visit these two girls, who we first met on a deworming day in Kenya back in 2013.

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Extending Deworming to the Margins in Kenya

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Extending Deworming to the Margins in Kenya

Parasitic worm infections disproportionately affect people living in poverty, especially those who are difficult to reach with mass drug administration. Evidence Action is committed to supporting innovations that enable treatment for all children at risk of worm infections regardless of their circumstances.Here’s a look at some targeted strategies implemented in Kenya to improve coverage of hard-to-reach children over the past year.

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Dispensers for Safe Water: Innovation with Impact

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Dispensers for Safe Water: Innovation with Impact

This year, our Dispensers for Safe Water program once more provided access to safe water for nearly 5 million individuals across Kenya, Uganda, and Malawi. We estimate that this simple and low-cost innovation has prevented over 2.5 million cases of diarrhea in children and saved over 2,000 young lives to date.

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2017 GiveWell Announcement

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2017 GiveWell Announcement

Evidence Action is pleased to announce that GiveWell has recognized three of our programs this year: Deworm the World Initiative, No Lean Season, and Dispensers for Safe Water.

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Seeking the evidence – can we make deworming even better?

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Seeking the evidence – can we make deworming even better?

Evidence Action’s Deworm the World Initiative is proud to provide technical assistance to Thrive Networks and the Government of Vietnam as the government takes action towards keeping children healthy and in school by strengthening and improving school-based deworming. On November 6 and 7, over 700,000 primary school children across 3,000 schools in four provinces in northern Vietnam were targeted to receive a deworming tablet in their classroom. This is the third round of school-based deworming that Thrive Networks and Evidence Action have supported the Government of Vietnam to implement.  

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