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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?

Arunachalam Muruganantham: Breaking Taboos, Pioneering Innovation For Women's Health

UN Women | Posted 12.16.2014 | Impact
UN Women

Less than one in 10 women were using sanitary napkins. They were expensive and women could not afford them, and they also did not know the adverse health consequences of what they used instead, sometimes sand, sawdust, leaves and even ash and mud.

Toilets Have the Whole World Talking

Sarina Prabasi | Posted 12.08.2014 | Impact
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.

The "Celebrity Couples" Of Global Health And Development

Leith Greenslade | Posted 12.01.2014 | Impact
Leith Greenslade

With 70 percent of maternal and child deaths now concentrated in just 15 countries, health investments that include sanitation, education, contraception, infrastructure and women's incomes can potentially double their impact on lives saved.

Clean Potable Water a Human Right, Even in Detroit

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 11.30.2014 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

When children and adults are deprived of the basics to sustain life, their health suffers, which greatly impacts their educational and overall life opportunities. On issues of poverty and for the sake of humanity, we all must work on the same side.

Reduce New York City's High Cost of Garbage Collection

Carol Kellermann | Posted 11.29.2014 | New York
Carol Kellermann

Municipal garbage collection in New York City is exceptionally expensive -- the public-sector cost is more than double private-sector charges and much higher than collection costs in other cities. This fall provides a great opportunity to address the problem.

Eleanor Goldberg

Matt Damon Nails Impression Of Bill Clinton, Raises Water Awareness While He's At It | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 09.24.2014 | Impact

Actor Matt Damon sprinkled in some humor with talk of the global water crisis, channeling "Bubba" in his panel discussion at Clinton Global Initiative...

Matt Damon Does Ice Bucket Challenge With Toilet Water For 800 Million Without Clean H2O

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 08.26.2014 | Impact

Matt Damon was conflicted when friends Jimmy Kimmel and Ben Affleck called on him to complete the ALS ice bucket challenge. The award-winning actor wa...

Creating Enterprises to Provide Sanitation Solutions in India

John Sauer | Posted 10.21.2014 | Impact
John Sauer

We know that at least 620 million people still defecate in the open and do not have access to sanitation services, resulting in serious economic and health consequences, and the deaths of hundreds of thousands of children.

Poor Sanitation: The Startling Link to Childhood Malnutrition

Joan B. Rose | Posted 09.30.2014 | Impact
Joan B. Rose

The situation in India reveals startling information about the link between waste pollution and stunted growth, even in a food-secure world. To help ensure a brighter future for India's youth, the nation requires an investment in waste-treatment infrastructure, including toilets and waste-water treatment.

Action Will Lead Us to the End of Extreme Poverty

Hugh Evans | Posted 09.29.2014 | Impact
Hugh Evans

In keeping with previous Global Citizen Festivals, the goal is to celebrate the achievements made toward ending extreme poverty by 2030. But this year, we're working to change the systems that keep people poor.

Poop-Eating Worm

Claire Bernard | Posted 09.17.2014 | Impact
Claire Bernard

Oxfam is testing the Tiger Worm Toilets, aka the poop-eating worm toilets, with several West Point residents. But judging from the smell, the construction of a toilet wasn't working well enough to keep the community healthy.

4 Reasons the Detroit Water Shut-Offs Matter

Lisa Schechtman | Posted 09.05.2014 | Detroit
Lisa Schechtman

Last month, the City of Detroit's Water and Sewerage Department began to shut off water service for around 3,000 customers a week, people who have fallen behind on payments by more than $150 or 60 days.

Detroit's Water Cutoffs: Counterproductive and Coldhearted

Rep. John Conyers | Posted 08.26.2014 | Detroit
Rep. John Conyers

Imagine a week without running water. Imagine not only the physical thirst but also the inability to bathe, to cook, or to clean. This is the reality right now in Detroit. But we can change it.

When Women Are Dying to Go to the Toilet, We Can't Just Do Nothing

Sanjay Wijesekera | Posted 08.12.2014 | Impact
Sanjay Wijesekera

Diarrhoeal diseases linked to fecal contamination kill 1,400 children a day. Another 162 million children worldwide are stunted -- they are undersized and may have developmental delays -- with the lack of adequate sanitation, water and hygiene being a contributing factor.

India Gang Rape Case Exposes How A Lack Of Toilets Endangers Women

AP | BISWAJEET BANERJEE | Posted 06.03.2014 | World

LUCKNOW, India (AP) — The two teenage girl cousins had walked out together at night, as they did every night, into the wild bamboo fields 10 or 15 m...

The Future of Water Is #Girlstrong

David Winder | Posted 07.30.2014 | Impact
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 | Impact

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...