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Sub-Saharan Africa Will Not Meet MDG For Sanitation, Study Says

VOA News: Sub-Saharan African Countries to Miss U.N. Sanitation Goal — Study “A new study by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine finds that no sub-Saharan African country will meet the U.N. Millennium Development Goal for sanitation, and that many are lagging behind achieving the target for clean…

Lack Of Access To Sanitary Products Interrupts Girls’ Education, Impacts Society

Huffington Post: For Many Girls, the Key to Education is Sanitary Napkins Maureen Shaw, founder and editor-in-chief at sherights.com “While [in the U.S.] we’re trying to perfect the art of fishing a tampon out of a backpack unnoticed, there are millions of girls around the world who don’t have access…

UNICEF’s ‘Take Poo To The Loo’ Campaign In India Meets Criticism

Wall Street Journal: U.N. Campaign Targets Open Defecation in India “He’s lumpy and brown. But, boy, can he dance. Meet the unlikely face of UNICEF’s latest public health campaign in India: Mr. Poo. The anthropomorphized feces is part of a campaign — ‘Take Poo to the Loo’ — that tries…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Water Essential Element To Global Peace, Development Agenda, U.N. Official Says

U.N. News Centre: Water central to global peace, development, U.N. deputy chief tells London summit “The most basic of all human rights — water — is also a central element in global affairs and the development agenda with wide implications on international peace and security, the deputy secretary-general [Jan Eliasson]…

Africans Unfairly Stigmatized Over Ebola, Uganda’s Environment Minister Says

Huffington Post U.K.: Stop Stigmatizing Africans Over Ebola, Says Ugandan Minister Ephraim Kamuntu “All Africans are being unfairly stigmatized because of Ebola, with the Western world feeling more entitled to high standards on care than victims on the continent, one of Uganda’s most influential politicians has said. Ephraim Kamuntu, Uganda’s…