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Tackling the Taboo of Menstruation

Chris W. Williams | Posted 05.16.2015 | 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 05.09.2015 | 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 05.06.2015 | 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.

The Road to Health Goes Through the Toilet

Sanjay Wijesekera | Posted 02.04.2015 | Impact
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.

Urban Sanitation Critical as Indian Cities Expand

Skoll Foundation | Posted 01.31.2015 | Impact
Skoll Foundation

Due to open defecation millions of Indians are prone to ill health, threats to their safety, reduced productivity and lower earning potential, resulting in a deepening cycle of poverty -- all for want of basic sanitation facilities.

The Value of a Toilet: Landlords See Benefit of Upgrading Latrines in Kenya

Skoll Foundation | Posted 01.24.2015 | Impact
Skoll Foundation

By Wanjiku Njenga, Communications Officer, WSUP Kenya What is the value of a toilet? "Boma ni choo - a toilet defines a homestead!" says Nduta, 30,...

Providing Toilets And Clean Water Access Is All Talk And No Action In Some Poor Areas

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 11.19.2014 | Impact

There have been significant improvements worldwide in terms of making basic water and sanitation access available, a new report found on World Toilet ...

Let's Talk About Poo, Baby

John Sauer | Posted 01.19.2015 | Impact
John Sauer

Imagine for a minute that New York City is Dhaka, Bangladesh, and that in the entire city only 11% of all households are connected to a sewer, and of all that waste only 2% is treated.

India's Sanitation Crisis

Anoop Jain | Posted 01.19.2015 | Impact
Anoop Jain

I struggle with the fact that some of my best friends in the world are forced to defecate outside. They belong to the latest generation of poverty-stricken Indians, enduring the indignity of not having a toilet. My friends represent just a handful of the 650 million Indians living without toilets.

Mobilizing for Toilets

Katherine Marshall | Posted 01.19.2015 | Religion
Katherine Marshall

Poor sanitation spreads disease. Women creep out at night out of modesty and risk assault and death. The filth of flying toilets (people deposit waste in plastic bags and let fly) is a reminder of a grim face of poverty.

New Muppet Plunges Into Toilet Facts To Educate People About Sanitation Access

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 11.19.2014 | Impact

"Sesame Street" has deviated from its squeaky-clean image, but parents probably won’t take issue with it. Wednesday marks World Toilet Day, the ...

The Rich Earn This Much Money While Going Number 2. Here's Why We All Should Give A Crap

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 11.19.2014 | Impact

Bill Gates makes $249,435 every time he goes No. 2. Well, that's according to the team at Rehab Studio. In order to raise awareness about the impor...

Bathrooms: A Necessity Denied to Too Many

Pierre Ferrari | Posted 01.18.2015 | Impact
Pierre Ferrari

November 19th is World Toilet Day, a day to raise awareness about the 2.5 billion people who do not have access to improved sanitation. Unfortunately it is a bit of a broken record to talk about the 21,000 children that die around the world each day, as shocking as it is.

Caroline Can't Wait

Barry Segal | Posted 01.18.2015 | Impact
Barry Segal

This is a guest post by David Auerbach, co-founder of Sanergy, based in Nairobi, Kenya. Sanergy is a Segal Family Foundation partner.

Plague Plots -- Dispatches From Albert Camus

Joseph Cooper | Posted 01.03.2015 | Books
Joseph Cooper

A hands-on doctor tries to get public officials to recognize infestations as bubonic and pneumonic plagues. Can a novel's depictions inform discussions about Ebola?

Plague Plots - Dispatches from Gabriel García Márquez

Joseph Cooper | Posted 12.30.2014 | Books
Joseph Cooper

Can the accounts and depictions transmitted by Love in the Time of Cholera help us cope with Ebola?