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Why Do Public Bathrooms Make Us So Anxious, And Why Aren't We Doing Anything About It?

The Conversation US | Posted 11.20.2015 | Weird News
The Conversation US

American public bathrooms are often designed to make the experience exceedingly uncomfortable. Silence about the issue persists, largely because of cultural taboos that discourage any discussion about alleviating design flaws.

Sometimes, It Just Can't Wait - World Toilet Day

John Travis | Posted 11.21.2015 | Impact
John Travis

Toilets are one of the first steps towards better health and brighter futures. For us at DROP, water, sanitation, gender equality and education go hand in hand and we believe that this four pronged approach is the most effective way to reduce poverty in rural communities. It's never too late to change where we go!

Sanitation Challenge for Ghana's Cities

Patrick Moriarty | Posted 11.22.2015 | Impact
Patrick Moriarty

Average living standards improved while the government managed to halve the rates of poverty, hunger and lack of clean drinking water. Despite this success, one major failure sticks out: sanitation.

Sanitation Financing: An Opportunity to Accelerate an End to Open Defecation

Gary White | Posted 11.19.2015 | Impact
Gary White

As the world leaders set out to determine how to achieve the new ambitious Sustainable Development Goals, we encourage them to explore ensuring access to affordable capital for sanitation solutions for all.

Poop Emojis Highlight Fact People Worldwide Lack Access To Sanitation

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 11.19.2015 | Impact

Prepare for a sh*t storm -- of awareness-raising emojis. To help pick up steam for World Toilet Day, and the 2.4 billion people who lack acces...

On World Toilet Day, More Than Just Poop Emojis

Sarina Prabasi | Posted 11.19.2015 | Impact
Sarina Prabasi

Some people have suggested that a campaign around poop emojis is superficial. But when it comes to engaging the public on a serious but seemingly far-away problem, we're counting on our poop emoji friends to give us a hand.

On World Toilet Day Reality More Offensive Than Words

Sanjay Wijesekera | Posted 11.21.2015 | World
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.

WASH UP! for Universal Children's Day

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 11.19.2015 | Impact
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

Every child has the right to survive and thrive, but for far too many children, this right is denied in the simplest of areas, particularly in the provision of clean, safe, and child-friendly water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services such as toilets.

Tapping into the Power of the Toilet

Chris W. Williams | Posted 11.19.2015 | Impact
Chris W. Williams

Every day, an estimated 1,500 children die from diarrhea largely caused by a lack of access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene -- more than AIDS, malaria, and measles combined.

4 Innovative Ways to Keep Poor Children in School

Rhema Hokama | Posted 10.28.2015 | Impact
Rhema Hokama

Children who live in the world's poorest regions are most likely to be deprived educational opportunities. In the developing world, children from the poorest households are four times less likely to be enrolled in school than those from the richest.

Et tu, Toilet? Tips for Tackling Tricky Toilets

Wendy E. Simmons | Posted 10.19.2015 | Travel
Wendy E. Simmons

Whether the foe you face is a pit latrine, a hole in the ground, a long drop or squat toilet, a filthy fly-infested outhouse, or just your standard issue loo that's seen better days, here's how to make peace with the enemy.

Paying the Piper: 3 Things Donors Can Do to Drive Real Change

Patrick Moriarty | Posted 10.21.2015 | Impact
Patrick Moriarty

There's not enough charitable or aid money in the world, and outsiders lack the skills and local market knowledge to ever create something sustainable. So the solution lies not in building new toilets as charitable outsiders, but in building the local systems that can provide sanitation services.

4 Reasons Why You Need to Celebrate Our New Global Goals

Lisa Schechtman | Posted 09.23.2015 | Impact
Lisa Schechtman

Saturday, September 26, 2015, is a date that will go down in history. It's the day the world begins a new commitment to eliminating extreme poverty, i...

284 Communities at the Epicenter of the Ebola Outbreak Remained Ebola-Free - How Did That Happen? What Can We Learn from Them?

David Weiss | Posted 09.22.2015 | World
David Weiss

In the aftermath of the Ebola crisis, it is essential to improve hospital access and clinical infrastructure.

In the Developing World, Waste Can Be a Vital Resource

Sonia Maria Dias | Posted 09.17.2015 | Impact
Sonia Maria Dias

Women waste pickers are subject to entrenched sexism that is reproduced in all dynamics and relations at home and in their work handling waste, making them the most vulnerable within the sector.

Why Cities Aren't Covered in Empty Cans of Coconut Water

Tommy Campbell | Posted 08.10.2015 | Green
Tommy Campbell

There is no way you can argue with me that it is ever okay to throw anything on the ground. Even if you hand me free Nickelback tickets, I will happily walk them to the nearest garbage.

Confrontations With Caste

Anoop Jain | Posted 08.04.2015 | Impact
Anoop Jain

Confrontations with the issue of caste are unavoidable in rural India. This insidious social hierarchy has oppressed millions of Indians for hundreds of years. Brahmins, those traditionally considered priests and preachers sit atop this foul social order.

Clean Water Is Everyone's Problem

XPRIZE | Posted 07.29.2015 | Impact

Diarrhea caused by inadequate drinking water, sanitation and hand hygiene kills an estimated 842,000 people every year worldwide, and is of the second leading cause of death for children under age five.

Can We Finance Sustainable Development?

Chris W. Williams | Posted 07.14.2015 | Impact
Chris W. Williams

As more countries have attained middle-income status, inequality has soared. The wealthiest individuals have become wealthier while growth-with-equity remains a distant prospect.

Funky Sink Gets Kids In Cambodia To Wash Up, Could Save Thousands Of Young Lives

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 10.15.2015 | Impact

Children in Cambodia won't have a problem keeping their hands clean thanks to this frog-themed hand-washing device. Cambodia has the lowest access ...

One-Third Of World Doesn't Have A Toilet. Here's What It Will Take To Change That.

AP | KATY DAIGLE | Posted 07.13.2015 | Impact

NEW DELHI (AP) — Toilets are taken for granted in the industrialized West, but still are a luxury for a third of the world's people who have no acce...

How a Global Corporation Is Quietly Changing the World

Skoll Foundation | Posted 07.13.2015 | Impact
Skoll Foundation

Many would recognize the brands belonging to the 120-year-old company, like Dove, Popsicle or Vim, but few know the name Unilever and most have no idea of its incredibly bold -- some would even say radical -- approach to business.

Building Toilets in Rural India? There's an App for That.

Maranda Bodas | Posted 06.02.2015 | Impact
Maranda Bodas

Humans love options, and having a preference is in our nature. So why wouldn't it be the same when it comes to faucets and toilets? In our work across nine countries around the world providing access to safe water and sanitation, our team at Water For People knows that innovation is key and one solution does not fit all.

Where Do We Go From Here? WASH In The SDGs

Hanna Woodburn | Posted 06.02.2015 | Impact
Hanna Woodburn

The ripple effect of WASH cannot be overstated and it cannot be overlooked. As September approaches, the clock is ticking down not only to the MDG deadline, but also to the opportunity to ensure that the SDGs set us up to make as big of an impact on poverty reduction as possible.

Showers and Toilet on Wheels Give Homeless a Clean Slate

NationSwell | Posted 05.28.2015 | Impact

Silas Borden has spent the last five years living on the streets of San Francisco. He's used to making the best with what he has, so when he stumbled upon a bus offering free showers and a toilet, he couldn't resist.