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WASH Progress Being Made, But 40% Of Global Population Lacks Access, Study Says

Inter Press Service: Despite Setbacks, Global Sanitation Makes Progress, Says Fund “…A new study by the Geneva-based Global Sanitation Fund (GSF), released Tuesday, says 2.5 billion people, or 40 percent of the global population, lack access to decent sanitation, including more than a billion who defecate in the open. Still…

Comprehensive WASH Targets Essential To Achieve Post-2015 Agenda

Huffington Post: Where Do We Go From Here? WASH in the SDGs Hanna Woodburn, deputy secretariat director at the Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing with Soap “…WASH must be included in mandatory, global-level indicators that address both the availability of facilities in key locations (including households, schools, and health care…

Improving WASH Especially Important For Women, Children

ONE Blog: Matt Damon — husband, father, actor, activist, and co-founder of Water.org As the blog’s Women and Girls guest curator this month, Matt Damon writes, “…Today, nearly 750 million people live without access to safe drinking water, and 2.5 billion people lack improved sanitation. This must change. As a…

More Than 2K People Die In India Heat Wave; Water Supplies Tested

Al Jazeera: India heat wave tests water supply as deaths near 2,000 “Dizzying temperatures have caused water shortages in thousands of Indian villages and killed hundreds more people over the past day, driving the death toll from a weeks-long heat wave to at least 1,826, officials have said…” (5/30). Wall…

Post-2015 Development Agenda Must Focus On Human Rights, With WASH At Center

Devex: We can’t fail twice: New global development agenda must be framed by human rights Megan MacGarry, campaigns and communications officer at End Water Poverty (EWP) “…The new global development agenda post-2015 has to be framed by human rights and owned by the people. … If we want to truly…

Menstrual Hygiene Management Important Gauge Of Gender Equality

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: Menstruation Matters: Why Menstrual Hygiene Management is Core to Our Contract with the Future Lisa Schechtman, director of policy and advocacy for WaterAid America, discusses the stigma attached to menstruation, writing, “…It’s time to bring difficult issues like menstruation out of the shadows,…

Health Conditions Deteriorate Among Burundian Refugees In Tanzania, WHO Says

U.N. News Centre: Burundi humanitarian crisis worsens as political tensions in country grow “The humanitarian crisis caused by the ‘escalating political tensions’ in Burundi has worsened, according to the United Nations which today reported an uptick in the number of Burundian refugees seeking asylum and a deterioration in health conditions…