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A Healthy Start: Why Moms and Babies Everywhere Need Safe Water at Childbirth

Sarina Prabasi | Posted 03.19.2015 | Impact
Sarina Prabasi

Imagine this: you're in the throes of labor pain and contractions, and you arrive at your nearest hospital to give birth. When you arrive, the hospital is dirty and the bed sheets haven't been washed.

100,000 Infant Deaths Could Be Prevented Annually If Babies Were Washed With Clean Water: Report

Reuters | Posted 03.17.2015 | Impact

LONDON, March 17 (Reuters) - Over a third of hospitals and clinics in developing countries have nowhere for staff or patients to wash with soap, and...

Helping Children Survive and Thrive on #GivingTuesday

Sarina Prabasi | Posted 02.01.2015 | Impact
Sarina Prabasi

Worldwide 748 million people live without safe water and 2.5 billion live without sanitation. Water-related diseases are among the leading causes of preventable child deaths in the world and approximately 60 million children are born into homes without access to sanitation.

Turning Five: The Milestone We Should All Be Celebrating

Sarah Dobsevage | Posted 01.06.2015 | Impact
Sarah Dobsevage

When I asked Teresa what makes her happiest in life, she didn't miss a beat. "I want to tell you the truth; what makes me very happy in life -- it's water."

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.

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.

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.

A Bossy Water Hero Is a Girl Who Leads

David Winder | Posted 05.21.2014 | Impact
David Winder

When I asked her how she saw her future, she didn't bat an eye. "I want to go to secondary school and university," she told me, "I want to become a doctor."

The Water Crisis That Rightly Caused an Uproar

David Winder | Posted 03.24.2014 | Impact
David Winder

For thousands of Americans left reeling under the ban on tap water in West Virginia, these past weeks have been just short of a nightmare. In the blink of an eye, access to the safe water we take for granted in the United States became a serious challenge.

7 Ways to Take Action Around Clean Water on #GivingTuesday

David Winder | Posted 02.02.2014 | Impact
David Winder

As a proud partner of #GivingTuesday this December 3, WaterAid has a whole slew of things happening, all of which are ripe with opportunities for you to make a difference.

The Gift That Can't Be Gift Wrapped

Ernest Randriarimalala | Posted 01.28.2014 | Impact
Ernest Randriarimalala

Never could I have imagined the huge differences between life in Madagascar and life in England. In the same way that I never really thought twice about not having clean water and a toilet while growing up; people in London don't think twice about having it. That is just the way it is. Imagine, though, if poor communities had that same gift, that same opportunity!

When It Comes to Health and Dignity, There Is Nothing More Powerful Than a Toilet

David Winder | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
David Winder

One in three people globally do not have access to a toilet. The lack of sanitation is an acute public health issue with serious consequences -- and not only when disaster strikes.

5 Reasons Why the Water for the World Act Is Worth Its Weight in Gold

David Winder | Posted 10.01.2013 | Impact
David Winder

Imagine a world where giving birth on the side of the road with two cans of dirty water is not an uncommon occurrence: a world where the water you d...

Calling All Young People: The Water Crisis Needs You

David Winder | Posted 09.08.2013 | Impact
David Winder

While we are making tremendous progress, roughly one in ten people still do not have access to clean water, and 2.5 billion people do not have a toilet. This is why I say to young people: the water crisis needs you to take action.

Changing Nicaragua, One Hygiene Brigade at a Time

David Winder | Posted 08.25.2013 | Impact
David Winder

Life is not easy along the Miskito Coast. But these signs of hope and progress through locally-adapted water, sanitation and hygiene education programs give me great confidence that Nicaragua is changing for the better -- one student-led Hygiene Brigade at a time.

Why the First-ever U.S. Water Strategy Is Sure to Have a Ripple Effect

David Winder | Posted 08.05.2013 | Impact
David Winder

The U.S. Agency for International Development has released its first-ever Water and Development Strategy -- a roadmap of the U.S. government's approach to water programming that focuses on efforts to save lives through the provision of sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene services.

In the Background: Life in a Delhi Slum

Nicole Melancon | Posted 07.28.2013 | Impact
Nicole Melancon

In the Vivekananda Camp, a slum of approximately 500 households, there is no running water, no sewer lines and people live in absolute dire circumstances.

World Water Day 2013: Water Is Just the Beginning

David Winder | Posted 05.21.2013 | Impact
David Winder

We have been counting down the days to World Water Day by looking at 20 ways that water is just the beginning: the beginning of the first steps out of poverty, the beginning of putting food on the table.

Giving Birth on the Side of the Road With Two Cans of Dirty Water

David Winder | Posted 02.18.2013 | Impact
David Winder

In the developing world only 58 percent of births are attended by a skilled assistant, such as a midwife, nurse or doctor, according to UNFPA; in Ethiopia, a shocking 90 percent of births take place without trained assistants.

Women Step up to Tackle the Sanitation Crisis

David Winder | Posted 01.30.2013 | Impact
David Winder

While women suffer the most from poor sanitation, they are also key to the success of many community and household sanitation solutions.

Striving for Sustainability in Rural Tanzania

David Winder | Posted 01.13.2013 | Impact
David Winder

Whether it be rope pumps or rainwater harvesting systems or sand dams, technological solutions must be paired with education and investment by local community members in order for projects to be sustainable.

To Eradicate Poverty, Water and Sanitation Are Vital

David Winder | Posted 12.22.2012 | Impact
David Winder

Eradicating poverty can involve many varied and innovative approaches according to circumstance. But a universal factor is that development of livelihoods depends on communities enjoying good health and access to education. These, in turn, are reliant on access to safe water and sanitation.

SLIDESHOW: 7 Graduation Gifts That Give Back

Posted 06.11.2012 | Impact

This graduation season, skip the typical check or gift card and give a present with more meaning. Instill in your grad a sense of social responsibi...

Water and Sanitation for the World: Not a Pipe Dream

Jan Eliasson | Posted 05.29.2012 | Impact
Jan Eliasson

Unfortunately, 783 million people -- 11 percent of the global population -- still have no access to clean water. For context, that is more than two and a half times the population of the United States.

A Smart Investment

Jan Eliasson | Posted 01.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Jan Eliasson

Water and sanitation is a smart, lifesaving investment. It does not just save lives. It also offers an outstanding economic return to countries and people in Africa and Asia.