Globally, Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) affect over one billion people. Most of the affected lack access to basic Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) services and yet WASH is critical in the prevention and care of all NTDs (WHO, 2015).
Lydia’s Probono work supported the local government in increasing access to water, sanitation and hygiene services in 5 of the 46 villages affected by Podoconiosis (non-filarial elephantiasis) in Busiriba Sub-county, Kamwenge District.
The project employed a two phased participatory action research approach. Phase I assessed the challenges faced by affected households through literature analysis and face to face interviews and focus group discussions with farmers and local leaders. Using the information generated from Phase I, Lydia was able to establish the links between Podoconiosis, inadequate water, sanitation and hygiene services, and extreme poverty at household level.
In Phase II, Lydia rehabilitated Bwakala village protected shallow well (serving 35 households and 318 students from Kinoni (K) primary school during the dry season) and Kinoni (K) primary school rainwater harvesting system, constructed handwashing facilities (Tippy Taps) at Kinoni (K) Primary School, Busiriba sub-county offices, Rwajale C.O.U, and in 30 poor and vulnerable households, sensitised farmers and school going children on tippy tap construction, handwashing, foot hygiene, and water management, established two water and sanitation committees (clubs) for Bwakala village protected shallow well and Kinoni (K) Primary School, and donated 30 pairs of gumboots with stockings to 30 poor farmers in Bwakala, Bunoga, Busabura, Rwanjale and Kanimi villages. Community participation was encouraged throughout all phases and recommendations for a comprehensive systems approach to prevent and manage the disease has been submitted to the District Leadership.
In partial fulfilment of the MSc in Water Science, Policy and Management and with financial support from the Weidenfeld-Hoffman Trust, I undertook a project to investigate the link between the level of public engagement in water services and the adoption of water conservation practices by water users. The research was conducted from 1st June to 28th July 2017 in the city of Masvingo, Zimbabwe. The first objective was to explore the current state of public participation in Masvingo’s water services sector and to establish the ways in which it relates to water conservation practices by residents. Second, the research identified the current water conservation practices being implemented by the water users in the city. Third, the research sought to identify the determinants of water conservation among the residents of Masvingo. An analysis of the findings from the aforementioned objectives was conducted. The analysis established how the city water utility should go about consulting the public in order to adopt water conservation practices fully. It also addressed the policy implications of these findings for water conservation programmes in Zimbabwe and other countries.
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With the support from the WHT I could develop my MSc dissertation fieldwork in South Africa.
The purpose of my study was to research how to implement photography to current aerial monitoring methods to get more detailed information (e.g. sex, age, and other demographics) from wildlife surveys, using Cape buffalo as a case study.
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Every Spring, the Oxford MBA program encourages students to undertake Student Treks in culturally diverse teams to a geographical and functional area of interest. Given my association with the development sector in India, I had wanted my next stop of exploration to be the continent of Africa. Thanks to a very generous grant by the Weidenfeld Hoffman Trust and one by Green Templeton College which is especially provided to Said Business School students, this wish fulfilment happened in April 2017.
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WHT alumni Shohini Sengupta (Louis Dreyfus-Weidenfeld and Hoffmann, MSc Law and Finance, 2014-15) shares her recent article on the debate over marital rape in India, reproduced here by kind permission of the author.
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One year after graduating from the MSc in Law and Finance, WHT alumna Nidhi Singh (Louis Dreyfus-Weidenfeld and Hoffmann, 2015-16) reflects on her experiences since leaving Oxford, both professionally as she starts her legal career, and personally.
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