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Report Tackling the silent killer The case for sanitation What do we mean by sanitation? In line with the definition of sanitation agreed for the International Year of Sanitation,1 in this paper ‘sanitation’ includes both safe disposal of excreta and improved hygiene. Both are essential barriers that prevent the transmission of disease by the faecal-oral route, as shown in this diagram: The effective separation of faeces from human contact through improved disposal of excreta Good…

WaterAid/Jane Wilbur Join up, scale up How integration can defeat disease and poverty 1. Community participation is essential for the design of integrated programmes that respond to lived realities, and thus increase programme uptake and sustainable impact 2. High-level political leadership enables better focus on needs and resource mobilisation 3. Integrated, cross-sector approaches more closely reflect and respond to the determinants of poverty and disease 4. High-quality integrated programmes can prove cost-effective for donors and…