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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…

Haiti Still Struggles To Rebuild Four Years After Earthquake

News outlets examine the difficulties in providing humanitarian and food aid to Haiti four years after the country’s devastating earthquake. PBS NewsHour: Haitians blame U.N. soldiers for cholera crisis in wake of earthquake disaster “…Efforts to rebuild the poverty-stricken island were led by the United Nations. But in a cruel…

Guinea Worm Disease Nears Eradication

News outlets report on the progress of eradicating Guinea worm, saying that the steep decline in cases indicates that eradication of the parasite is reachable. Carter Center: 148 Cases of Guinea Worm Disease Remain Worldwide “The Carter Center announced today that 148 Guinea worm cases were reported worldwide in 2013.…

Path To Water Sustainability Will Require Billions Of Dollars In Infrastructure Investment

LiveMint: Scaling up water sustainability Giulio Boccaletti, managing director for Global Water at the Nature Conservancy “…As the United Nations prepares to adopt so-called sustainable development goals (SDGs) as the post-2015 successor to the MDGs, the high-stakes business of large-scale water infrastructure should be placed front and center. … While…

Gates Blog Publishes Father’s Day Collection

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimist” blog features a collection of current and past posts in recognition of Father’s Day, observed in the U.S. this year on Sunday, June 16. Included in the series is a post by Doulaye Kone, a senior program officer for sanitation technologies and…

Improved Basic Sanitation Critical For Safety Of Women, Girls

The Guardian: Two girls died looking for a toilet. This should make us angry, not embarrassed Barbara Frost, chief executive of WaterAid; Winnie Byanyima, executive director of Oxfam International; Corinne Woods, director of the U.N. Millennium Campaign; and Nick Alipui director of programs at UNICEF “Two teenage girls have been…

Women’s Safety Linked To Access To Toilets, Experts Say After Indian Rape, Murder

Associated Press: Indian gang rape case highlights lack of toilets “…Beyond highlighting the rampant sexual violence in India, last week’s horrific crime is drawing attention to a glaring problem across the country that threatens women’s safety: the lack of toilets. … ‘Around 65 percent of the rural population in India…

Absence Of Toilets In India Contributes To Child Malnutrition

LiveMint: Why India’s sanitation crisis is a public health emergency Sunil Chandramouli “…The absence of sanitation is not just a threat to the safety of women but also to the health of children. … Research suggests that an unhygienic environment combined with high population density creates a perfect storm for…

Gates Foundation Announces New Partnership To Improve Sanitation In India

“October 2, 2013, is the 144th birthday of [Mahatma Gandhi] and what better way for the Bill & Melinda Gates [Foundation] to celebrate this profound and inspirational leader than to announce our new partnership with [the government of India] in joint funding the Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) to…

Measuring Untreated Waste Would Better Capture Progress Toward Sanitation Goals

Devex: Choosing the right post-2015 sanitation indicators Brian Arbogast, director of the water, sanitation and hygiene program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “…We need to start thinking about — and measuring — our progress in a way that captures the full sanitation challenge … Fortunately, one single indicator…