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Congress Sets Politics Aside for Critical Development and Humanitarian Issues

Lindsay Coates | Posted 12.27.2014 | 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 12.21.2014 | 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 12.09.2014 | 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 12.08.2014 | 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 12.09.2014 | 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 12.01.2014 | 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 11.24.2014 | 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 11.19.2014 | 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 11.19.2014 | 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 11.19.2014 | 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 11.18.2014 | 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 11.18.2014 | 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 11.03.2014 | 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 10.30.2014 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.