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IRIN Examines Interaction Between Water, Conflict

IRIN: Analysis: Water and conflict “…Ahead of a water security summit in Malaysia on 23 April called the 2014 Aid & International Development Forum, IRIN talked to experts to learn more” about the interaction of water and conflict (4/22).

Water Shortage In Ugandan Resettlement Camps Causing Tensions

VOA News: South Sudan Refugees in Uganda Struggle with Water Shortages South Sudanese refugees in Uganda “are not only battling homesickness and fear for the future of their country, but also tough challenges in the camp, including a chronic shortage of clean water that has led to tensions with the…

News Outlets Examine UNICEF’s ‘Take The Poo To The Loo’ Campaign

News outlets highlight UNICEF’s “Take The Poo To The Loo” public education campaign in India. CNN: Can Mr. Poo stop public defecation in India? “India has an unlikely new public health hero: a giant, anthropomorphic stool that chases people to squat in toilets. Mr. Poo, who appears in commercials accompanied…

Investment In WASH Efforts ‘Essential’ To Achieve Post-2015 Development Goals

The Lancet: Water and sanitation: addressing inequalities “… Access to safe water and sanitation is essential to all development outcomes across the life course. It ensures healthy growth and prevention of water-borne and food-borne diseases causing diarrhea, which contributes to stunting in children. Contaminated and stagnant water also contribute to…

Safe, Clean Water Can Be ‘Source Of Hope And Life For All’

The Hill: Water and the Angel of Death Rev. Otis Moss, senior pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago “…[W]ithout safe water and sanitation, a whole host of global ills cannot be cured — malnutrition, poverty, food insecurity, gender inequality. Not even peace can be achieved when some…

Global Leaders Discuss WASH Inequality At Summit

Inter Press Service: ‘Sanitation for All’ a Rapidly Receding Goal “World leaders on Friday discussed plans to expand sustainable access for water, sanitation, and hygiene, focusing in particular on how to reach those in remote rural areas and slums where development projects have been slow to penetrate…” (Tullo, 4/12).

Improved Access To Clean Water Plays Role In Gender Equality In Africa

GlobalPost: In fight for gender equality in Africa, clean water plays a key role “An average woman in Africa spends about 60 percent of her day fetching water for her household. The chore not only forces women to walk miles to the nearest water source — which is highly likely…

44 Developing Countries Commit To Accelerating WASH Efforts

Devex: Developing countries, partners renew WASH pledges “Up to 44 developing countries and their partners committed on Friday to accelerate efforts to provide basic sanitation to 2.5 billion people and clean drinking water for another 750 million across the globe. At the Sanitation and Water for All high-level meeting in…

Gates Foundation’s ‘Reinvent The Toilet Challenge’ Exhibits Progress For WASH In India

In the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Doulaye Koné, senior program officer for sanitation technologies and tools at the foundation, discusses progress made in and future steps for the “Reinvent the Toilet Challenge: India” (RTTC), a program aimed at developing safe and affordable sanitation. After visiting New…

Blog Summarizes Recent Discussion On WASH, NTDs, Poverty Reduction

“[An] important conversation also occurred this week: ‘Why water and toilets matter in foreign aid,’ hosted by WaterAid at the National Press Club. Barbara Frost, chief executive of WaterAid U.K.; Henry Northover, head of policy at WaterAid U.K.; and Lisa Schechtman, director of policy and advocacy at WaterAid America spoke…