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A View from the United Nations | Posted 11.18.2016 | Home
A View from the United Nations

Maria and her children stand in front of the place where they go to wash themselves. Photo: UNICEF Angola/2016/Simancas By Jan Eliasson* Puzzled l...

Why it's easier for India to get to Mars than to tackle its toilet challenge

The Conversation Global | Posted 11.18.2016 | Home
The Conversation Global

India Varanasi public toilets. Jorge Royan, CC BY-SA Shyama V. Ramani, United Nations University In 2013, India became the fourth country in the wo...

Man Takes A Dump In Bucket On Bus, Doesn't Give A Squat (NSFW)

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 02.25.2016 | Home

Lots of people mind their own business on public transit. This guy does his business. Video circulating appears to show a man pooping into a bucket on...

Artist Who Defecated On Israeli Flag Faces Indictment

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 01.13.2016 | Home

A performance artist who defecated on the Israeli flag in a widely seen video will likely be indicted soon, Israeli news outlet Haaretz reported Wedne...

What It Will Take To Give Indians An Alternative To Open Defecation

Reuters | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 11.20.2015 | Home

India has made some progress in providing sanitation by building toilets to desist people from defecating in the open, but many say the country has a ...

On World Toilet Day Reality More Offensive Than Words

Sanjay Wijesekera | Posted 11.19.2016 | Home
Sanjay Wijesekera

The world has come a long way. In 1990, nearly half the global population lacked adequate sanitation and 1 in 4 people worldwide (1.3 billion) defecated in the open. In 2015, 68 percent of the global population -- which is now 2 billion higher -- has improved sanitation.

Open Defecation in India Can Lead to Rape. Now, Women Are Demanding Toilets.

Rose George | Posted 07.30.2016 | Home
Rose George

Brides will refuse to marry into families that don't have a toilet. It's a movement nicknamed "No loo, No I do."

Promoting WASH Through Traditional Leaders And Technology

Anna Winters, PhD | Posted 05.26.2016 | Home
Anna Winters, PhD

When we first started working in the WASH sector in Zambia, we were using mobile phones and cloud-based data aggregation to engage government workers. We worked through community volunteers and district environmental health technicians. Little did we know, we had only scratched the surface.

Zambia Hits Major Milestone In Push To Stop Open Defecation

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 05.26.2015 | Home

Zambia just took one big step forward toward becoming an "open-defecation-free" country. According to the Southern African nation's government, no...

Looking Local: Addressing Hunger, Poverty And WASH

Dr. John Coonrod | Posted 05.30.2015 | Home
Dr. John Coonrod

Why does hunger persist in a world of plenty? In a world that has made so much progress in achieving many of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), cutting extreme poverty in half by 2010, why has it not yet cut hunger in half?

The Road to Health Goes Through the Toilet

Sanjay Wijesekera | Posted 02.04.2015 | Home
Sanjay Wijesekera

In many countries, open defecation is a hidden problem. Hidden among the poor, in rural areas, or remote villages. But it should not be hidden away from public discourse.

Toilets Have the Whole World Talking

Sarina Prabasi | Posted 12.08.2014 | Home
Sarina Prabasi

People are beginning to realize that toilets and sanitation are critical to making sure that we protect hard-won gains and keep up the momentum in all of the more traditionally attractive areas of development.

How the NYT Masks Hinduphobia with Science

Suhag A. Shukla, Esq. | Posted 09.20.2014 | Home
Suhag A. Shukla, Esq.

None of this is to say that open defecation is either a good idea in this day and age, or even defensible. But making sweeping claims, using them to justify near-bigotry, and papering over obvious challenges hardly advances the conversation.

The Future of Water Is #Girlstrong

David Winder | Posted 07.30.2014 | Home
David Winder

WASH Warriors: it's time to make toilets for all a reality, putting an end to the practice of open defecation and giving women and girls the tools to safely manage their menstrual hygiene needs.

Despite Progress, 748 Million Still Lack Access To Clean Water: New Report (HOW TO HELP)

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 05.20.2014 | Home

While notable improvements have been made, nearly 750 million people -- half in sub-Saharan Africa and half in Asia -- still lack access to clean drin...

One Billion People Still Defecate Outdoors

Reuters | Posted 07.08.2014 | Home

By Tom Miles GENEVA, May 8 (Reuters) - One billion people worldwide still practise "open defecation" and they need to be told that thi...

Sanitation And Water For All -- Because We Must

Sanjay Wijesekera | Posted 06.01.2014 | Home
Sanjay Wijesekera

'Sanitation and water for all' is more than a title. It is a goal that is both morally right and unquestionably necessary.

World Water Week: Let's Be Open About Open Defecation

The Huffington Post | Jessica Prois | Posted 09.06.2013 | Home

The fact that 2.5 billion people don't have access to a toilet is pretty shi*ty. As World Water Week gets under way, advocates are drawing attentio...

Everyone Needs a Place to Go

Jan Eliasson | Posted 05.21.2013 | Home
Jan Eliasson

It is difficult to understand why, in 2013, about 2.5 billion people around the world still lack access to adequate sanitation. More people have cell phones than toilets in today's world.