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The Fundamental Question About Water

Hope Randall | Posted 04.20.2015 | Impact
Hope Randall

WASH continues to be one of the most practical ways we can fulfill our commitment to the world's children. If everyone had access to safe drinking water, a staggering 90 percent of diarrhea deaths could be prevented.

Toilets: A Simple and Surprising Way to Advance Equality for Girls and Women

Hugh Evans | Posted 04.15.2015 | Impact
Hugh Evans

Getting a toilet into every home could be one of the best ways to promote equality for girls and women. A piece published on BBC India last year, explained that defecating in the open puts women in a dangerous position.

The Basics of Maternal Health: Taking a Stand for Clean Water and Hygiene in Health Facilities

Lisa Schechtman | Posted 04.08.2015 | Impact
Lisa Schechtman

For women in the world's most economically deprived countries, collecting water is a key part of preparing to give birth -- if they are lucky enough to have a source of water that they can use.

Zambia's Eastern Province Schools Help Girls Stay In School Through WASH

Sergio Ramírez-Mena | Posted 04.07.2015 | Impact
Sergio Ramírez-Mena

In the case of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the Mambwe primary school is evidence of the latest paradigm: Improving student achievement in schools and respective literacy tests depends on having a "safe environment" in the school, including water and sanitation.

Breaking the Poo Taboo

Ron James | Posted 04.07.2015 | Impact
Ron James

Open defecation causes significant harm to the environment and consequently, human health. Ninety per cent of sewage in the developing world is dumped, untreated, into lakes, rivers and oceans.

Clean Water: A Simple Way to Increase Opportunity for Women and Girls

Hugh Evans | Posted 04.07.2015 | Impact
Hugh Evans

Taking a shower, boiling some vegetables or just getting a glass of water is as easy as turning on a faucet. But taking care of life's most basic necessities isn't so straightforward for so many around the world.

Bending the Curve and Saving Newborn Lives

Mariam Claeson | Posted 04.02.2015 | Impact
Mariam Claeson

Every once in a while, a major innovation comes along -- one that has the potential to change the lives and health of families all over the world -- especially in remote, hard-to-reach areas.

Looking Local: Addressing Hunger, Poverty And WASH

Dr. John Coonrod | Posted 03.30.2015 | Impact
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?

This Group Gives Refugees Toilets, Then Turns The Waste Into Charcoal For Cooking

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 03.26.2015 | Impact

Updated on March, 26 2015 at 9:05 a.m. EST This inventive solution is no load of crap. Across the globe, 1.8 billion people use a drinking water...

WASH And The MDGs: The Ripple Effect

Needa Malik | Posted 03.23.2015 | Impact
Needa Malik

Water is life, and sanitation and hygiene are the basis of health. Yet worldwide, 748 million people don't have access to safe drinking water and 2.5 billion people don't have basic sanitation. Each MDG can be advanced by greater inclusion of proper WASH practices, and there is more work to be done.

These Brilliant Innovations Are Bringing Clean Water To People Worldwide

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 03.23.2015 | Impact

A little thinking outside the box can go a long way in helping bring clean H2O to those who need it most. About 89 percent of the globe had access...

Make Every Day Water Day

Morée Scofield | Posted 03.20.2015 | Impact
Morée Scofield

In Haiti, 3.5 million people lack access to safe water. For most families, it is the responsibility of the women and children to find and collect it. Haiti is not unique in this tradition: Women and children from around the world collectively spend 140 million hours walking more than three miles to collect water each day.

How's (the Trash) Business in L.A.? Picking Up

Joel Epstein | Posted 03.18.2015 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

In areas like Koreatown and South L.A., it's not hyperbole to say that more frequent trash pickup and more garbage bins on the street would be cause for celebration.

Tackling the Taboo of Menstruation

Chris W. Williams | Posted 03.18.2015 | Impact
Chris W. Williams

One of the least discussed, yet most pervasive stigmas in gender equality is female menstruation. In every country, the veil of silence around menstruation contributes to sexism that can hold women back in their personal lives and professional careers.

Eleanor Goldberg

Here's To Plumbers, Unsung Heroes Tackling The Water Crisis

HuffingtonPost.com | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 03.12.2015 | Impact

Fred Schilling, 65, has gotten used to people chuckling when they first hear about World Plumbing Day. He also knows they’re likely picturing som...

We're Making Real Health Progress That's Saving Kids' Lives. Here's Proof In One Chart

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 03.11.2015 | Impact

The world has made significant progress in ensuring more kids live to see adulthood -- just check out the blue bars. Child mortality has gone down ...

A Story of Resilience for International Women's Day

Erin Zaikis | Posted 03.10.2015 | Impact
Erin Zaikis

Mary Nanyonga is a 27 year old mother of 3 in Mubende, Uganda with big dreams for the future.

Delivering Programs To Answer International Women's Day Call To 'Make It Happen'

Lisa Marie Nickerson | Posted 03.06.2015 | Impact
Lisa Marie Nickerson

In order to build a better world, it's important to ensure that women are visible agents of change.

Bill Gates Dupes Jimmy Fallon Into Drinking Water That Was Once Poop

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 01.22.2015 | Impact

Look, if you gamble with Bill Gates, you’re most likely going to be sh*t out of luck. The tech mogul visited "The Tonight Show" on Wednesday to d...

A Nod to Sanitation Workers

Braden S. Thompson | Posted 03.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Braden S. Thompson

We live in a culture that has been trained to look down on those who clean up after us. We could probably show a little more gratitude to the people who are so important in maintaining our standard of living. When was the last time you thanked your trash man?

Watch Bill Gates Drink Water That Was Once Human Poop

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 01.12.2015 | Impact

Updated on Jan. 7, 2015 at 4:45 p.m. EST Bottoms up. Billionaire activist Bill Gates recently put his advocacy work where his mouth is when he d...

Congress Sets Politics Aside for Critical Development and Humanitarian Issues

Lindsay Coates | Posted 02.26.2015 | Impact
Lindsay Coates

2014 saw an unprecedented number of humanitarian crises around the globe. At the same time, this year's mid-term congressional elections brought partisan tensions to new highs inside the Washington Beltway.

No More Toilet Handouts in Honduras

Skoll Foundation | Posted 02.16.2015 | Impact
Skoll Foundation

Since the meters were installed, households in Gonzalo Maldonado have experienced improved service, and families have access to water 24 hours a day, seven days a week. But Doña Luisa didn't stop there.

What Do Ebola, ISIS, the Empire State Building, Skipping School, and $260 Billion All Have in Common?

Matt Damon | Posted 02.08.2015 | Impact
Matt Damon

These are more than jarring statistics that tug at our heartstrings. They are emblematic of a looming water crisis that will directly impact us all.

The Toilet Business

Anoop Jain | Posted 02.07.2015 | Impact
Anoop Jain

The unique opportunity to end outdoor defecation in India by favoring the strengthening of public institutions over market based approaches should not be passed up. Doing so would amount to yet another injustice hundreds of millions of Indians would be forced to endure.