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World Toilet Day

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.

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.

In A World Short on Toilets, WHP Focuses on Preventing and Treating the Health Consequences

Gopi Gopalakrishnan | Posted 11.21.2015 | Impact
Gopi Gopalakrishnan

Globally, 2.4 billion people do not have access to adequate sanitation, like a basic toilet. Over 660 million people do not have access to clean and safe drinking water.

What It Will Take To Give Indians An Alternative To Open Defecation

Reuters | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 11.20.2015 | Impact

India has made some progress in providing sanitation by building toilets to desist people from defecating in the open, but many say the country has a...

Gender Equality Comes One Toilet At A Time

The Conversation | Nico Pitney | Posted 11.19.2015 | Impact

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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.

Making Toilets an Object of Desire

Jack Sim | Posted 09.09.2015 | Impact
Jack Sim

Installing toilets in India without addressing behavioral change has resulted in thousands of free toilets becoming storage sheds or chicken coops, while the owners continue to defecate outside.

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 ...

Photos Of Toilets Around The World Prove That Proper Sanitation Provides Equality, Dignity And Safety

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 11.19.2014 | Impact

Your toilet probably isn’t the piece of furniture you proudly show off to guests, but it should be. Wednesday marks World Toilet Day, the advocac...

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.

7 Everyday Complaints That Are Really Just Reminders To Be Grateful

The Huffington Post | Karin Swanson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact

Updated December 2, 2013: 12 p.m. EST. Whether it's lamenting about loans or long lines, some of us love to complain like it's our job. (Especial...

Bill Gates Is Getting The Toilet Wrong | Posted 11.20.2013 | Impact

In addition to eradicating polio in India and starting the personal computer revolution, the Seattle Superman of our age has managed to make going to ...

These Ridiculous Toilets Might Actually Be Onto Something

Posted 11.19.2013 | Impact

On the first ever World Toilet Day, we’ve been raising awareness for the 2.5 billion people who lack access to proper sanitation. As we investiga...

Indian Women Have To Risk Their Lives Just To Use A Toilet

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 11.20.2013 | Impact

Less than one-in-three households in Indian villages have toilets, a dire situation that poses major safety risks for women who are often attacked whi...