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New Initiative Aims To Identify Innovations To Use Water More Efficiency

“As the global water resources become increasingly scarce, we must learn how to adapt to a new reality,” Christian Holmes, global water coordinator for USAID, writes in the agency’s “IMPACTblog.” He states, “In part, this means learning how to do more with less. Learning to use available water better, learning…

Gates Foundation’s ‘Reinvent the Toilet’ Challenge Questioned By Experts

“Bill and Melinda Gates’ competition to produce a high-tech toilet for the developing world has been questioned by toilet experts,” SciDev.Net reports. “An environmental engineer and an NGO worker have criticized the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for funding the development of advanced toilets that would be too expensive to…

Global Community Must Integrate Post-2015 Development Goals, Focus On Long-Term Goals

Noting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) “are nearing their expiration date in 2015,” Yael Velleman, senior policy analyst for health and sanitation at WaterAid, writes in a Devex opinion piece, “We need to better coordinate our health response post-2015. Setting separate targets on nutrition, water and sanitation have fragmented our…

Poor Sanitation In India Contributes To Childhood Malnutrition

New York Times: Poor Sanitation in India May Afflict Well-Fed Children With Malnutrition “…Now, an emerging body of scientific studies suggest that … many of the 162 million children under the age of five in the world who are malnourished are suffering less a lack of food than poor sanitation…”…

Improved Water Access Would Help Lift Regions Out Of Poverty

Deseret News: Access to water is the first step in fighting poverty worldwide John Hoffmire, director of the Impact Bond Fund at Saïd Business School at Oxford University and director of the School of Business and Poverty at the Wisconsin School of Business at UW-Madison “…Each day, nearly 200 million…

USAID’s Safe Water Dispenser Project To Bring Clean Drinking Water To Uganda, Kenya

Washington Post: Federal international venture fund helps yield clean drinking water in Uganda, Kenya “A single plastic container, blue like the color of a recycling bin, sits on a conference table at the USAID headquarters on Pennsylvania Avenue NW. In sub-Saharan Africa, dispensers just like it have prevented thousands of…

India Needs ‘Investment In Waste-Treatment Infrastructure’

Huffington Post: Poor Sanitation: The Startling Link to Childhood Malnutrition Joan Rose, Homer Nowlin chair in water research at Michigan State University “…To help ensure a brighter future for India’s youth, the nation requires an investment in waste-treatment infrastructure, including toilets and waste-water treatment. Disinfection must play a role to…

Rains, Lack Of Toilets Could Worsen S. Sudan Cholera Epidemic, ICRC Warns

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Rains and lack of toilets threaten to make South Sudan cholera epidemic even deadlier “The cholera epidemic in South Sudan is bad, but now that the rains have begun — in areas where a lack of toilets means a lot of feces out in the open –…

Improving Access To Toilets Can Cut Child Stunting

The Guardian: What do toilets have to do with nutrition? More than you might think Lawrence Haddad, senior research fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute “…Because of the public goods nature of access to improved water and sanitation (private income can take you only so far — there…

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