By Piet deVries, Senior WASH Advisor, Global Communities Everything changed with Ebola. For four years, Global Communities had been busy creating access to safe sanitation for communities in Liberia, helping to fight the spread of disease and improve health outcomes. Utilizing Community-Led Total Sanitation, we were making consistent progress, beginning work through the USAID-funded Improved Water, Sanitation […]
In cities, access to quality health care varies greatly between the rich and poor, from Lagos to Washington, D.C. The poorest urban children in some developing countries are twice as likely to die as their wealthy counterparts. Steps must be taken immediately to eliminate health inequality, says charity group Save the Children. Its annual State of
Washington Post: Bill and Melinda Gates: More philanthropy can work against inequality “…In 2010, Bill Gates teamed up with his friend Warren Buffet to launch a campaign — called The Giving Pledge — to convince other super wealthy people around the world to give away at least 50 percent of their money to charity. There…More
News outlets continue to report on World Toilet Day, recognized annually on November 19. Christian Science Monitor: It’s World Toilet Day: How can we achieve adequate sanitation for all? (Torphy, 11/19). Deutsche Welle: Strong public health message on U.N.
NPR: Happy #WorldToiletDay! Here’s What It’s Like To Live Without One Jane Otai, senior program adviser at Jhpiego “…Many of the Sustainable Development Goals endorsed by the U.N. this year hinge on girls gaining an education. We need to recognize that in many regions of the world, that hinges on creating facilities such as toilets…More
The Guardian: We can’t achieve the Global Goals without a focus on child nutrition Saul Morris, nutrition director at the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation “…[I]t is absolutely impossible that the world could achieve the third Global Goal of ensuring healthy lives for all at all ages without a major focus on nutrition. The same is…More
CDC’s “Our Global Voices”: Bringing Clean, Safe, and Innovative Sanitation Services to East Africa Eric Mintz, team lead for the Global Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Epidemiology Team at the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID), writes about the CDC’s collaborative partnership with Sanivation, which “provide[s] toilets in households in need and use[s]…More
Photo courtesy of Sanivation Eric Mintz, MD, MPH, Team Lead, Global Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Epidemiology Team, Waterborne Disease Prevention Branch, Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases, NCEZID Have you ever stopped to think about how many times you use a toilet each day? We often take it for granted that when we “need to go,” a toilet will be nearby. However, throughout the world, an estimated 2.5 billion people lack basic sanitation—which means they do not have access to toilets or safe latrines, or to services such as garbage collection and wastewater treatment and disposal. Without toilets or latrines, people who “need to go” have no other option than to relieve themselves on open land or in bodies of water. This can lead to contamination of a community’s drinking water source, making the water unsafe to drink
By Alice Carter Normally, we don’t like to talk about bathrooms. That is a private space that most of us would largely like to avoid thinking about. But on World Toilet Day, we give thanks for our sanitary facilities and celebrate the invention of the toilet, which has saved countless lives as a disease control […]
News outlets discuss a report ranking countries based on ease of finding a toilet, released by WaterAid to mark World Toilet Day on November 19. The Guardian: World Toilet Day: from South Sudan to Russia, where not to get caught short “South Sudan, where 93 percent of the population lacks access to an adequate toilet,…More
Inter Press Service: U.N. Advisory Board Seeks Powerful New Global Arena for Water and Sanitation “A 21-member U.N. Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB), which has just completed its 11-year mandate, is calling for a complete overhaul of how the United Nations and the international community deals with two unresolved socio-economic issues on the…More
Devex: The sanitation challenge: What’s next after toilets? Brian Arbogast, director of the water, sanitation, and hygiene program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “…[The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is] supporting work that includes the development of the next generation of toilets that are cheap to run without the need for sewer or…More
USAID’s “Impact”: What does water, sanitation, and hygiene have to do with nutrition? Everything. In recognition of World Toilet Day on November 19, Merri Weinger, environmental health team leader at USAID’s Bureau for Global Health, discusses the link between water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) and nutrition, as well as the release of a jointly produced…More
Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases’ “End the Neglect”: Untouched: How 284 Liberian Communities Remained Ebola-Free Piet deVries, senior WASH adviser at Global Communities, discusses the organization’s efforts to provide safe sanitation for communities in Liberia, and how those efforts helped many communities remain Ebola-free or significantly lowered their risk (11/18).
A toilet as an aspiration? In countries where we take flushing for granted, this perspective might be hard to understand. read more
This photo is the November feature for DefeatDD's 2015 toilet calendar. See how we "go" around the world. Photo credit: Marco Betti/WaterAid. read more