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Friday, September 18, 2015 — South Asia

Viewpoint: Sanitation Financing: An Opportunity to End Open Defecation

Source: Pioneers Post

“Why do we have toilets at school but not at home?” This question from one of her children prompted Nusrat, a wife and mother of six living in India, to apply for a sanitation loan. Within two weeks of receiving the loan, Nusrat was able to purchase a toilet. Now, one year later, the monthly instalments on Nusrat’s loan have all been repaid and her family is happier, healthier, and safer.
Friday, September 18, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Gambian Community Project Helps Women Turn Waste to Worth

Source: The Guardian

In scrubby wasteland tucked behind a bustling market on the Gambia coast, five women in overalls determinedly hammered at small metal cylinders, the din reverberating around the tin-roofed shelter.
Monday, September 14, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Zambian capital can't quench thirst of its booming population

Source: Reuters

Dorothy Zulu survives on 10 kwacha ($1) a day and, like the majority of Ngombe's 120,000 residents, spends up to a third of it on water. "If you don't have money here you can't drink water," Zulu told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
Monday, September 14, 2015 — South Asia

OPINION: India’s health ministry gets a sanitary-napkin machine—but there’s just one problem

Source: Quartz

India’s union ministry of health and family welfare installed four vending machines to dispense sanitary napkins in the ladies’ washrooms of its New Delhi office. In a country where millions of women still do not use sanitary napkins—and rely on old, unhygienic rags for their monthly cycle—initiatives like these are very welcome. ... But ...
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 — No Region Specified

ISWA Calls Open Dumps a 'Global Health Emergency'

Source: Resource Media

A new report by the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) is highlighting the ‘global health emergency’ affecting tens of millions of people in developing countries who lack good sanitation infrastructure.
Tuesday, September 8, 2015 — South Asia

FMCG Giant Reckitt Benckiser, Hindustan Unilever Slug It Out in Swachh Bharat Drive

Source: The Economic Times

Global FMCG giant RB is taking the fight to HUL through its Banega Swachh India campaign. Both companies have high stakes in PM Narendra Modi's clean India initiative as they believe they can drive change in con sumer behaviour through the programme, which will eventually lead to higher sales volumes of soaps and cleaners.
Friday, August 28, 2015 — No Region Specified

WHO Promotes Water, Sanitation to Battle Neglected Tropical Diseases

Source: Reuters

Water, sanitation and hygiene are part of a new World Health Organisation strategy to fight neglected tropical diseases which afflict more than 1.5 billion people, the WHO said on Thursday.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 — No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE: Tech-based social solutions competition looking for nominations

Source: Social Story

The competition, organized by Siemens Stiftung, seeks to identify innovative technical solutions to tackle global challenges in basic supply in the developing world.
Friday, August 21, 2015 — South Asia

Intellecap Impact Investment Network and Rianta Capital invest Rs 10 million in Sampurn(e)arth Environmental Solutions

Source: Your Story

Intellecap Impact Investment Network has invested Rs 10 million in Mumbai-based waste management company Sampurn(e)arth in syndication with Zurich-based family office Rianta Capital and Primarc Group Director Siddharth Pansari of ah! Ventures.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 — South Asia

Implementation, budget changes needed for Swachh Barat to work

Source: Devex

Nearly a year into India’s ambitious plan to end open defecation by 2019 and nongovernmental organizations fear it’s being derailed by an overwhelming focus on building toilets instead of changing behavior.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 — No Region Specified

3 companies turning modern luxuries into clean water initiatives

Source: Mashable

For many of us, the little comforts of everyday life include a piping-hot cup of coffee to kickstart the morning, or a glass of Merlot at the end of a tough day in the office. But there are countless places around the world where a simple glass of clean, drinkable water is considered a luxury.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Walgreens, Unilever campaign aims to bring clean water to Kenya

Source: Chicago Tribune

Washing your hair in Chicago could help bring clean water to rural Kenya. That's the premise behind a new charitable campaign launched by Walgreens and Unilever that is enlisting customers to buy into the cause with shampoo, deodorant and body wash.
Monday, August 17, 2015 — South Asia

Can Microfinance Help Boost Sanitation Coverage?

Source: The Guardian

The time when microfinance was seen as the miracle cure to lift people out of poverty is long gone. The funding crisis in India in 2010 and evidence of mixed impacts from microfinance have contributed to a greater understanding of both its strengths and weaknesses. While microfinance is usually associated with income generation, rather than taps and toilets, growing evidence shows that it could be a solution for funding sanitation facilities in developing countries.
Thursday, August 13, 2015 — No Region Specified

OPINION: Whatever Happened to the Machine That Turns Feces Into Water?

Source: Gates Notes

Earlier this year, I shared a video where I drank water made from feces. (My review: It was delicious.) Today the machine that produced the water, the Janicki Omni Processor – or JOP – is in Dakar, Senegal, as part of a pilot project that could ultimately save lives and reduce disease in poor countries.
Thursday, August 13, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

'We Want to Turn Poo Into Gold': How SMS Is Transforming Senegal's Sanitation

Source: The Guardian

On a stormy day in Dakar, Tina Gomis, a local woman in Sicap Mbao, laughs at the idea of selling her own excrement to the government. But this may soon become a reality in a city with a reputation for terrible waste management.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

How A Toilet Franchise Business Is Cleaning Up Kenya's Slums

Source: Fast Company

When the government isn't providing clean sanitation, Sanergy is showing that there's an opportunity for local entrepreneurs to step in.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 — South Asia

In India, Ending Open Defecation Requires More Than Just Behavior Change

Source: Devex

It’s been 10 months since India officially launched Swachh Bharat, a national cleanliness drive, which, among other things, aims to put an end to the practice of open defecation in the country by 2019.
Monday, August 10, 2015 — South Asia

Eco-friendly sanitary pads made of banana fibre – Saathi pads’s solution to menstrual waste

Source: Social Story

Saathi was founded by Kristin Kagetsu, Amrita Saigal, Grace Kane, Ashutosh Kumar and Zachary Rose. The aim was to develop a small scale manufacturing process that would produce affordable sanitary protection from waste banana tree fibre.
Monday, August 10, 2015 — No Region Specified

Menstruation Holds Back Millions of Poor Women. Does This Outfit Have a Solution?

Source: Inside Philanthropy

If it's true that you can't talk about global development without discussing gender equality, it's also true that you can’t dive deep into gender in poor countries without talking about menstruation. However, the international conversation on this topic tends to be in hushed tones. Sometimes, even the most pragmatic global health and development experts get uncomfortable when the subject comes up.
Thursday, June 25, 2015 — North Africa and Near East

Surviving Pakistan's Slums: The Extraordinary Story of Mohammad Sabir

Source: DAWN

Every morning at sunrise, five-year-old Muhammad Sabir stepped out of his house, sagging a garbage bag to his shoulders, filling it with aluminum, plastic, paper scraps or anything he could find to sell. Salvaging trash to survive, he picked up snippets of newspapers and tried to read them.
Thursday, June 25, 2015 — No Region Specified

Triggering Behavior Change: Children’s Role in Development

Source: The World Bank

In order to end poverty by 2030, everyone needs to do their part, even kids. And they can start by pooping in the toilet and washing their hands.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 — South Asia

Banyan: An Endeavour for Gold Standard in Recycled Plastic

Source: Livemint

The bustling metropolis of Hyderabad generates about 4,500 tonnes of solid waste every day. Contrary to popular perception, as much as 70% of the waste is recycled in India, thanks in large part to a network of ragpickers, who scavenge heaps of trash everyday to pick products that can be recycled.
Tuesday, June 23, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Kenya Slum Mathare Gets Cheap Water Through ATMs

Source: BBC

Residents of the Mathare slum area of Kenya's capital, Nairobi, are now able to access water through an ATM-style dispenser.
Friday, June 19, 2015 — South Asia

Vodafone M-Pesa partners with WaterHealth India to serve the underserved ‘Bottom of the Pyramid’ customers

Source: TechWhack

WaterHealth is a global leader in setting up decentralized water purification systems that provides safe drinking water to over five (5) million people globally. Vodafone India has partnered with WaterHealth India to facilitate its cash collection process across 450 locations in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Gujarat, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 — No Region Specified

People Are Finally Talking About the Thing Nobody Wants to Talk About

Source: NPR

When Elynn Walter walks into a room of officials from global health organizations and governments, this is how she likes to get their attention:
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 — South Asia

Survey: Majority of population exposed to unsafe drinking water

Source: Pakistan Today

The majority of the population in Pakistan is exposed to the hazards of drinking unsafe and polluted water from both surface and ground water sources.
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 — Latin America

School in Bolivia Cleans Up Using Pedal-Powered Soap

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

Freddy Candia Aguilar, affectionately known as “MacGyver” for his uncanny ability to make something out of nothing, proudly held a banner with the words “Cochabamba Pedal Project” emblazoned on it. He had been providing free bike tune-ups all day to participants in Cochabamba, Bolivia’s first Bike and Pedestrian Day, while promoting his new social enterprise.
Thursday, June 4, 2015 — South Asia

Making Markets Work: How We Got to 10,000 Toilets

Source: PSI Impact

Last month, our PSI-India project surpassed 10,000 toilets in rural Bihar, one of the poorest states in India, where 99 million reside and more than 80% practices open defecation.
Tuesday, June 2, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Food Safety in Southern Africa - Rethinking World Health Worries

Source: allAfrica

The theme for World Health Day, held on 7 April 2015, was 'From farm to plate - make food safe.' The main motivation for the theme was the alarming amount of bacteria borne diseases across the globe, transmitted by eating food which is contaminated by bacteria, viruses, parasites or chemical substances.
Friday, May 22, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

A Toilet In Every Home: Zambians Celebrate Sanitation Milestone

Source: NPR

A recent daylong event celebrated a milestone in Zambia, where the practice of defecating in the open is all too common. In April, Chienge, in the northernmost province of Luapula, became the first district in Zambia to be declared free of open defecation by the government.
Monday, May 11, 2015 — South Asia

Monsoons Near, Nepal Focuses on Sanitation to Stem Illness After Quake

Source: The New York Times

After years of intense effort, officials here in rural Sindhupalchok district had persuaded almost all of the nearly 61,000 households to each build a toilet. Then the earthquake struck, destroying most houses — and the very toilets that could have helped stave off the diseases that can run rampant after natural disasters.
Monday, May 11, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Prepaid Meters Scupper Gains Made in Accessing Water in Africa

Source: Inter Press Service

While many countries appear to have met the U.N. Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of halving the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water, rights activists say that African countries which have taken to installing prepaid water meters have rendered a blow to many poor people, making it hard for them to access water.
Friday, May 8, 2015 — No Region Specified

Viewpoint: Is This the Big Solution to Failing WASH Projects We've Been Waiting for?

Source: Inside Philanthropy

Water and sanitation projects often go something like this: NGOs show up with equipment, money, and people on hand, drill a well or install sanitation systems and then leave. A handful of locals are typically trained on upkeep and minor infrastructure repairs, but this isn’t always the case. If the wells need to be repointed or major leaks or breaks occur in the pipes, the communities are out of luck. As a result of the dig-and-dash approach, well-meaning projects end up abandoned and communities go back to contaminated water, which can lead to enteric illness and death, as well as economic setbacks.
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 — South Asia

Inside the Inflatable Hospital That’s Saving Lives in Nepal

Source: WIRED

For a doctor doing surgery, the most important things to focus on (besides cutting in the right place) are being fast and clean. That’s tough enough to accomplish in a brick-and-mortar hospital—let alone a temporary operating room in the middle of a disaster zone. But that’s exactly what Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders, for you stubborn Anglophones) does best, and it’s what they’ve been doing for the past week in Nepal. A surprisingly critical part of that remote rescue? Blow-up tent hospitals.
Monday, May 4, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

In a Slum in Kenya, Help Is Just a Click Away

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

In a Nairobi, Kenya, slum, residents used technology to map the area, a key first step in solving problems from waste removal to street lighting. Those with phone can now report problems more accurately.
Friday, May 1, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Experts: South Africa should invest in public toilets to combat sexual assault

Source: Reuters

Investing in public toilets could reduce the number of sexual assaults in South African townships by almost a third and lower the economic cost of the crime on society, public health experts said on Wednesday.
Thursday, April 23, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

To get people to build toilets, turn to subsidies

Source: Humanosphere

The one public bathroom in Ponkrum collapsed a few years ago. An effort to build a new one yielded a large pit that is used for trash, not defecation. For the people living in the small village near the Ghanian coast, there is no other option than going out in the open.
Friday, April 17, 2015 — No Region Specified

Why Water Is Key to Beating Poverty

Source: CNN

Extreme poverty is one of humanity's grave injustices. Across the world, more than 1 billion people live on less than $1.50 a day for all their needs -- food, housing, medicine, water, sanitation, everything. What's more astonishing is that 748 million people around the world do not have access to clean water. And 2.5 billion people do not have access to basic sanitation -- that's one out of every three individuals on the planet. Think about that for a second.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 — No Region Specified

Group Hopes Recycled Hotel Soap Helps Save Lives Worldwide

Source: Associated Press

Shawn Seipler is on a mission to save lives with soap. It began about seven years ago as a tiny operation with a few friends and family in a single-car garage in Orlando, Florida, where they used meat grinders, potato peelers and cookers to recycle used soap into fresh bars.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 — No Region Specified

Blue Diversion Toilet aims to improve sanitation with built-in filtration system

Source: Dezeen Magazine

Austrian design firm EOOS and water research institute Eawag hope to improve sanitation levels in areas of extreme poverty with a mobile toilet that contains its own water filtration system.
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 — South Asia

How Debartha, Ritwik and Jayant Are Revolutionizing Waste Collection Systems in India

Source: SocialStory

“Being good means nothing unless you are willing to do what needs to be done when it needs to be done,” said an angry Abraham Setrakian in the US vampire apocalypse show ‘The Strain.’ And while our planet may not be under threat from vampires, the danger to its environment from the waste-dumping activities of human beings is not just real, it is critical.
Thursday, March 26, 2015 — South Asia

This Poo Powder Aims to Help India’s Diarrhea Problem

Source: The Wall Street Journal

An organic mixture made of coconut, rice and lemons is under development to help limit the spread of diseases associated with open defecation and diarrhea in a country where more than half of the 1.2 billion population relieve themselves outside.
Monday, March 23, 2015 — No Region Specified

Can Social Enterprise Help 700 Million Who Lack Access to Clean Water?

Source: The Guardian

The problem of global water access is as intransigent as they come. Some 768 million people – more than the population of Europe – still lack access to clean water. Likewise, this year’s Millennium Development Goal target of halving the number of people without sanitation will be missed by 8% – that’s half a billion people.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 — South Asia

India Bets on Mobiles in Battle on Maternal, Child Deaths

Source: Reuters

India is betting on cheap mobile phones to cut some of the world's highest rates of maternal and child deaths, as it rolls out a campaign of voice messages delivering health advice to pregnant women and mothers.
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Proper Sanitary Pads Are Keeping Girls in School

Source: NPR

How do you cut the school dropout rate for girls in a remote pocket of Uganda? And how do you create jobs for village women? The answer to both questions: sanitary pads.
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 — No Region Specified

Toilet Could Turn Urine Into Electricity at Refugee Camps

Source: The Huffington Post

An innovative urinal could turn pee into a source of electricity. Driven to find a way to protect women and girls in refugee camps who are often assaulted when they go to the bathroom at night, researchers at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) have devised a urinal that lights up when a person uses it.
Monday, March 2, 2015 — Latin America

Move Over, Doctors—Plumbers Without Borders Are Coming to the Rescue


For Florida plumber Frederick Schilling Jr, the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, which killed at least 45,000 people, was a pivotal moment in his life, transforming how he looks at the world. His view today? “We in America have absolutely no idea how good we have it and how easy our lives are,” he said.
Monday, February 23, 2015 — South Asia

WHO Urges Shift to Single-Use Smart Syringes

Source: BBC

Smart syringes that break after one use should be used for injections by 2020, the World Health Organization has announced.
Thursday, February 19, 2015 — No Region Specified

Press Release: Lions Health Partners with UNICEF and Unilever to Create an Innovative Global Health Campaign

Source: Market Watch

Last night, Lions Health together with UNICEF and Unilever, launched the Young Lions Health Award, an exciting new competition for young creatives and marketers that aims to improve challenges facing global health systems in developing countries.
Tuesday, February 3, 2015 — No Region Specified

Pollution Kills Far More People Than Malaria Or Ebola In The Developing World

Source: Fast Company

Diseases like ebola, HIV, and malaria rightly get a lot of a headlines, because they can kill millions of people very quickly. But there's another problem that affects even more people, and it's not mentioned as much: pollution.
Tuesday, February 3, 2015 — No Region Specified

New aid model needed or world's poorest will wait a century for basics

Source: Reuters

It will take 100 years for some of the world's poorest people to get basic healthcare, sanitation and education services, unless the current approach to aid is radically changed, said a report published on Tuesday.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Ebola Crisis: Oxfam Calls for Recovery Marshall Plan

Source: BBC

Oxfam has called for a multi-million dollar Marshall Plan-type scheme to help the three West Africa countries worst affected by Ebola to recover.
Monday, January 26, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Know What's Killing More People in Nigeria Than Boko Haram? Lack of Drinking Water

Source: Bloomberg

The lack of running water killed more people in Nigeria last year than Boko Haram. While the terror campaign claimed more than 4,000 lives, the shortage of potable water and poor sanitation led to about 73,000 deaths, according to WaterAid, a London-based nonprofit.
Monday, January 26, 2015 — South Asia

Eco-Entrepreneurs Promise Women A Safe Period: Suchismita Pai

Source: The Rising Nepal

Period. While the English dictionary gives several meanings for this rather ordinary word, millions of women around the world associate it with discomfort, pain and embarrassing memories. For hundreds of thousands of girls across India, menstruation means five days of solitary confinement; it’s the one reason behind many being forced to drop out of school and also being subjected to discriminatory social practices. Caught between superstition, ignorance and poverty they end up using anything from straw, ash and tree bark to even cow dung and dirty rags to absorb the flow. Consequently, stories about disease and death are legion.
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 — No Region Specified

Unilever Helps Lead Coalition to Solve the Global Sanitation Crisis

Source: Forbes

2.5 billion in the world have inadequate sanitation. For businesses, that’s 2.5 billion opportunities to increase sales of infrastructure, plumbing, hygiene and cleaning products. Unilever has recognized the magnitude of the global sanitation crisis, the potential for solving it and helped lead the formation of the Toilet Board Coalition (TBC) to do their part.
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

A New Milk Can for The Developing World, Funded by Bill Gates

Source: Co.Exist

When you buy milk in America, it generally comes from farmers with hundreds of cows. They do their own milking with mechanized equipment, and, generally, their own pasteurization and bottling. In Kenya, it's different. About 80% of the country's milk comes from small-scale farmers with a few cows, who milk by-hand. They don't do bottling and, instead of trucks to get to market, they go by bike or foot.
Friday, November 14, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Africa: Combatting Health Risks and Promoting Better Hand Washing and Hygiene

Source: All Africa

Saraya Co. Ltd, a Japanese manufacturer of hygiene and sanitation products, joined the Business Call to Action (BCtA) with an initiative to decrease healthcare associated infections in Uganda.
Thursday, November 13, 2014 — No Region Specified

Turning the tap on: Water as a business model

Source: Al Arabiya English

Too many people in the world don’t have access to safe drinking water in their homes. This month’s meeting of theWorld Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council in Dubai could be the first step to changing that.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 — South Asia

Latrines May Not Improve Health of Poor Children

Source: The New York Times

Because of the well-known dangers of open defecation — especially for children’s health — bringing millions of latrines to the poor has long been a goal of public health experts. But now a major study in India has stunned advocates of latrine building by showing that it may do little good.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 — No Region Specified

Sri Lanka’s Malaria Elimination Efforts a “Spectacular Achievement”

Source: Asian Tribune

Sri Lanka has remained free of malaria for two years – an accomplishment the Global Health Group (GHG) described as a “spectacular achievement,” during a meeting with President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees recently.Dr. Richard Feachem
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

OPINION: Ebola epidemic is a 'Black Swan' event, say U of M infectious disease experts

Source: MinnPost

West Africa’s Ebola epidemic is a “Black Swan” event that is likely to severely alter how the world approaches future global public health crises — even more so than the AIDS epidemic has done — according to a commentary published Friday in JAMA Internal Medicine by Michael Osterholm, director of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP).
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Liberian Singers Use The Power Of Music To Raise Ebola Awareness

Source: NPR

In West Africa, one of the simplest ways to slow the Ebola outbreak is to educate people about how to keep from getting infected with the virus. Now, there are some signs that Ebola awareness is indeed driving down the number of cases in parts of Liberia — and Liberian musicians and DJs may deserve some of the credit.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014 — South Asia

Why India's sanitation crisis needs more than toilets

Source: BBC News

When Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his Independence Day speech, vowed to eliminate open defecation, India took notice.
Friday, October 3, 2014 — South Asia

US consumer giant seeks to smash India menstruation taboos

Source: YourHealth

The latest commercial for Procter & Gamble's top-selling brand of sanitary pads in India ticks all the usual boxes - a young woman jogs happily in pristine white trousers, before effortlessly winning a tennis tournament.
Friday, October 3, 2014 — No Region Specified

The "Celebrity Couples" of Global Health and Development

Source: Huffington Post

Sanitation and nutrition, contraception and newborn survival, girls' education and child survival, infrastructure and maternal survival, women's incomes and violence -- these are just some of the most powerful relationships in global health and development today. Odd couples, you might think.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 — South Asia

Are Toilets and Bank Accounts Connected? In India, Yes

Source: Bloomberg

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s plan to develop India includes creating toilet access for all 1.2 billion people and opening a bank account for every adult who doesn’t already have one.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 — No Region Specified

Unilever Pledges to Help 25 Million People Gain Improved Access to Toilets

Source: Sustainable Brands

Today, at the Global Citizen Festival in New York’s Central Park, Unilever is announcing a commitment to help 25 million people gain improved access to toilets by 2020.
Friday, September 26, 2014 — No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE: Unilever and USAID Call for a World-Wide Hygiene Intervention for Newborns

Source: CSR Wire

Handwashing with soap is one of the most cost-effective ways to reduce preventable diseases like diarrhea and pneumonia, which are the main causes of child mortality.
Thursday, September 25, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Red Cross team attacked while burying Ebola dead

Source: Yahoo! News

A Red Cross team was attacked while collecting bodies believed to be infected with Ebola in southeastern Guinea, the latest in a string of assaults that are hindering efforts to control West Africa's current outbreak.
Thursday, September 25, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

The gamification of global health: could a game change your bad habits?

Source: The Guardian

From the #StopEbola song to the Aids Fighter Pilot game in India, fun is proving to encourage healthier behaviours
Monday, September 22, 2014 — South Asia

Gates Foundation to Aid India in ‘Toilets For All’ Program

Source: India West

The Urban Development Ministry and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have agreed on a partnership to promote user-friendly toilets to ensure universal sanitation in the country.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Malaysia to Send 20M Latex Gloves to West Africa

Source: Voice of America News

Malaysia will send more than 20 million medical rubber gloves to five African nations battling the deadly Ebola virus, addressing a crucial shortage faced by overwhelmed health workers, the country's Prime Minister Najib Razak announced on Monday.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Fight Against Ebola Outbreak Is 4 Months Behind Where It Should Be: Aid Expert

Source: Huffington Post

National governments and health organizations around the world are scrambling to overcome lapses in leadership and logistical issues to turn around a worsening Ebola crisis in West Africa. According to one aid expert, relief efforts are roughly four months behind schedule.
Thursday, September 11, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Gates Foundation Commits $50 Million to Fight Ebola

Source: Voice of America News

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation says it is committing $50 million to help combat the growing Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 — South Asia

Four reasons why Modi's toilet obsession is good for India


Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swach Bharat scheme aims to eliminate open defecation by constructing toilets in every household by 2019. No one doubts the need for the programme. Close to 48% of India’s urban population has no access to toilets. In rural areas, the number stands at 60%.
Thursday, September 4, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

WHO officials warn that the epidemic is accelerating rapidly


WHO officials warn that the epidemic is accelerating rapidly
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 — Latin America

PRESS RELEASE: PepsiCo Unveils New Water-Modeling Tool at World Water Week

Source: Press release

Wednesday at the Stockholm International Water Institute's annual World Water Week, PepsiCo announced the company's latest Water Report and unveiled Hydro-BID, a ground-breaking data management and modeling tool developed in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) that estimates the availability of freshwater in water-scarce regions throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Liberian Natives Work To Fight Ebola Outbreak From Boston

Source: WBUR

In Boston, some natives of Liberia are working to improve sanitation conditions and train health workers on the ground in their homeland, as the country and two of its neighbors battle a deadly Ebola outbreak.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 — No Region Specified

OPINION: Ebola shows the need to rethink global public health

Source: Montreal Gazette

NEW YORK - The horrific Ebola epidemic in at least four West African countries (Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria) demands not only an emergency response to halt the outbreak; it also calls for rethinking some basic assumptions of global public health.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

The Caterpillar Foundation Announces $11 Million in Investments for Africa's Future Through Water, Energy and Women

Source: Market Watch

Foundation's focus on corporate social innovation helps put people on the path to prosperity
Tuesday, August 5, 2014 — No Region Specified

Meet the Tiny Company Behind the Experimental Antibodies for Ebola

Source: ABC News

The companies manufacturing an experimental drug treating two American Ebola patients aren't among the largest multinational pharmaceuticals in the world. In fact, leading the effort is a small nine-employee firm in San Diego.
Monday, August 4, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Ebola virus: Britain's top doctor accuses drug firms of dragging their heels in finding vaccine

Source: Mirror

Professor John Ashton said the pharmaceutical industry was being slow because it had only affected Africa and not the Western world
Friday, August 1, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

WHO: Ebola Spread Outpaces Control Effort

Source: Voice of America News

The head of the World Health Organization has told the presidents of West African nations stricken by Ebola that the outbreak is moving faster than efforts to control it.
Thursday, July 31, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Protector Plus 'night campaigns' to promote condom usage in Africa

Source: Bulawayo24

Population Services International (PSI) has ventured into Protector Plus night campaigns in a bid to promote usage of a new brand of condoms, New Man in Town, as the fight against HIV and Aids continues, an official has said.
Thursday, July 31, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Suspected Ebola cases sent home as Liberian isolation unit fills up

Source: Reuters

An isolation unit for Ebola victims in Liberia's capital, Monrovia, is overrun with cases and health workers are being forced to treat up to 20 new patients in their homes, government officials said on Wednesday.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

#BBCtrending: Can social media help prevent the spread of Ebola?

Source: BBC News

West Africa is in the grip of the world's deadliest outbreak of Ebola, and many in the region are using social media to educate each other on the symptoms and prevention methods.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

In Sierra Leone, Ebola continues its spread via denial and ignorance

Source: Humanosphere

Standing in line at a small, street side pharmacy just off this port city’s main drag, a well-clad woman is buying a crate of hand sanitizer.
Friday, June 27, 2014 — South Asia

iDE Cambodia hits 100,000 toilet sales in 2 years

Source: Sanitation Updates

iDE Cambodia has facilitated the sale of 100,000 Easy Latrines in two years through sanitation marketing, reaching an estimated 470,000 people, according to a June 14 press release.
Monday, June 23, 2014 — No Region Specified

Citizen Sensors Make India's Complicated Water System A Little Easier To Navigate

Source: Fast CoExist

With the help of simple mobile phone technology, a nonprofit called NextDrop is improving access to water for poor families.
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 — No Region Specified

Getting to know PSI’s market-based sanitation work in India: Part 3 – The supply-and-demand see-saw

Source: impact

The 3SI project is currently offering three toilet designs (standard, deluxe and super deluxe) at three different price points: INR 19,000, 25,000 and 29,000 (US $316, $416 and $483, respectively).
Thursday, May 1, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

One Stop Shop Toilet Project for Densely Populated Areas of Africa Launched

Source: Standard Digital Business

Poor sanitation and unhygienic practices in urban slums and rural populations have been cited as the major causes of diseases while young children have been singled out as the most affected.
Monday, April 21, 2014 — No Region Specified

Can Mr. Poo stop public defecation in India?

Source: CNN

India has an unlikely new public health hero: a giant, anthropomorphic stool that chases people to squat in toilets.
Friday, April 18, 2014 — No Region Specified

Bacteria fighting fabric

Source: UDaily

Each year in India, waterborne diseases sicken approximately 37.7 million people. One and a half million children die of diarrhea alone, according to a report by WaterAid.
Thursday, March 27, 2014 — No Region Specified

14 Ways to Make Sanitation Sustainable

Source: The Guardian

What has more impact, new technology or behavioural change? Is there such a thing as a scalable solution that is also sensitive to cultural needs? Our panel of experts share their thoughts
Monday, March 24, 2014 — No Region Specified

Toilet Tech Fair Tackles Global Sanitation Woes

Source: ABC News

Who would have expected a toilet to one day filter water, charge a cellphone or create charcoal to combat climate change? These are lofty ambitions beyond what most of the world's 2.5 billion people with no access to modern sanitation would expect. Yet, scientists and toilet innovators around the world say these are exactly the sort of goals needed to improve global public health amid challenges such as poverty, water scarcity and urban growth.
Friday, March 14, 2014 — No Region Specified

Latrine numbers up

Source: The Phnom Penh Post

The number of Cambodian rural households with access to latrines increased from 23 to 33 per cent in 2013, a Ministry of Rural Development report released yesterday says.
Friday, February 28, 2014 — No Region Specified

'SuperMum' campaign results in startling improvements in people's hand-washing behavior

Source: Medical Xpress

An analysis of a unique "SuperMum" (SuperAmma) handwashing campaign shows for the first time that using emotional motivators, such as feelings of disgust and nurture, rather than health messages, can result in significant, long-lasting improvements in people's handwashing behaviour, and could in turn help to reduce the risk of infectious diseases.
Friday, February 28, 2014 — South Asia

'SuperMum' campaign results in startling improvements in people's hand-washing behavior

Source: MedicalXpress

An analysis of a unique "SuperMum" (SuperAmma) handwashing campaign shows for the first time that using emotional motivators, such as feelings of disgust and nurture, rather than health messages, can result in significant, long-lasting improvements in people's handwashing behaviour, and could in turn help to reduce the risk of infectious diseases.
Friday, February 21, 2014 — No Region Specified

Gates-Funded Future Toilet That Will Change How We Think About Poop

Source: Fast Co.Exist

The inside story of how Caltech engineers and Kohler designers are testing a toilet technology that could significantly improve the health of 2.5 billion people around the world. It might even appear in U.S. bathrooms, too.
Monday, January 27, 2014 — No Region Specified

Delhi's air quality worse than one of world's most polluted cities Beijing, data shows

Source: Times of India

In mid-January, air pollution in Beijing was so bad that the government issued urgent health warnings and closed four major highways, prompting the panicked buying of air filters and donning of face masks. But in New Delhi, where pea-soup smog created what was by some measurements even more dangerous air, there were few signs of alarm in the country's boisterous news media, or on its effervescent Twittersphere.
Monday, January 27, 2014 — No Region Specified

10,000 toilets to be built annually with microfinance in rural India

Source: Times of India

An NGO, Gramalaya, and a microfinance firm called Guardian have been implementing the sanitation project by providing financial loans to villagers to build toilets. They have also secured the support of government authorities to initiate the project.
Monday, January 20, 2014 — No Region Specified

Why city life is unhealthy

Source: New Vision

The rapid increase in the number of urban inhabitants will be among the most important global health issues of the 21st century.
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 — No Region Specified

Bill Gates supports affordable bio-toilets for Ghanaians

Source: Ghana Web

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has offered a grant of one million US Dollars to the Biofilcom, inventors and producers of biofil toilets to scale up to make the toilets available at cheaper cost.
Monday, January 13, 2014 — No Region Specified

A Whisky-Inspired Solution For Clean Drinking Water

Source: Fast Co.Exist

With arsenic in their drinking water wells, Bangladeshi citizens suffer the "largest mass poisoning in history" every day. A new type of filter made from the leftovers from the distillation process could give them a convenient, safer water supply.
Thursday, December 19, 2013 — No Region Specified

Walking poo mascot will visit malls in Delhi and Mumbai. Here's why

Source: DNA India

Unicef India has initiated a digital campaign called 'Take Poo to the Loo" that focuses on eliminating open defecation and creating awareness of the same to the masses.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 — South Asia

Domex launches toilet academy

Source: The Hindu Business Line

Domex, toilet cleaner brand of Hindustan Unilever Lever (HUL), has launched Domex Toilet Academy to mark the occasion of World Toilet Day which is celebrated globally on November 19 every year.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 — No Region Specified

Why your future becomes brilliant if you have a toilet

Source: NewStatesman

In Madagascar, toilets can change the entire course of a woman's life, from time to cook to freedom from fear of rape and attack.
Thursday, October 10, 2013 — No Region Specified

Top 10 New Health Care Innovations for Developing Countries

Source: The Borgen Project

The need for new, inexpensive medical innovations in the third world is staggering. These devices must be easy to transport, operate, and most importantly, be affordable, or else they will remain available only to the wealthy. These ten new health care innovations for developing countries will be ready to distribute by 2015 and have the potential to save 1.2 million people.
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 — South Asia

Impact Investment Exchange Asia invests in Indian Social Enterprise Spring Health

Source: Social Story

Singapore based Impact Investment Exchange Asia (IIX) has announced today that its Impact Partners platform has successfully facilitated an investment from two private investors, alongside lead investors from the Artha initiative and the Stone Family Foundation, into Spring Health Water (India) Pte. Ltd., a for-profit Social Enterprise that provides safe and affordable drinking water to rural customers in India.
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 — Asia Pacific

ADB, Gates Foundation Partner for Sanitation Innovation in Asia

Source: Devex

As the world’s most populous region continues to grow, innovative solutions to sanitation are more needed than even before in Asia, where many governments still don’t see this Millennium Development Goal as a priority.
Friday, August 30, 2013 — South Asia

Matt Damon Tries to Get Clean Water and Toilets for India’s Poor

Source: The New York Times

Matt Damon finds it a challenge to get people to care about water. It’s why he was in India from Aug. 23 to 26 on a four-day tour. Not to promote his latest film Elysium, a sci-fi dystopia with a socialist underpinning, but to help the rural and urban poor in India get access to clean water and sanitation by investing in tube wells, hand pumps and toilets with proper drainage facilities.
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

An Extinction to Celebrate

Source: The New Yorker

The other month, in South Sudan, I sat with a nine-year-old named Nakal twice a day. She had come from the Mogos containment-care center, in Eastern Equatoria, where, for two weeks, she was tortured by a guinea worm emerging from her right knee.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 — South Asia

Dirty Business

Source: Bangkok Post

Singaporean Jack Sim wants nobody to be embarrassed by toilets as he seeks to clean up sanitation throughout the developing world.
Thursday, May 23, 2013 — No Region Specified

Change From the Very, Very Bottom Up

Source: Huffington Post

You may have heard of multinational corporations, such as Unilever, seeking to target the so-called ‘bottom of the pyramid’, providing goods and services to the $5 trillion marketcomprising the poorest 4 billion people in the world. But there are also small business owners from that segment of society targeting that market.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 — South Asia

Water for all

Source: The Economist

NEARLY three-fourths of all diseases caused in India are due to water contaminants. Despite that, one in eight Indians still lacks access to clean drinking water.
Monday, February 18, 2013 — Asia Pacific

Global Health Threat Seen in Overuse of Antibiotics on Chinese Pig Farms

Source: The New York Times

As Europe continues to recoil at the “horseburger” scandal, focusing minds on the risks in long food-production chains, a new study has found that high use of antibiotics in Chinese pig farms is producing antibiotic-resistant genes that pose “a potential worldwide human health risk.”
Friday, January 4, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Disease burden links ecology to economic growth

Source: The Guardian Nigeria

A NEW study in the open access journal PLOS Biology, finds that vector-borne and parasitic diseases have substantial effects on economic development across the globe, and are major drivers of differences in income between tropical and temperate countries.
Thursday, January 3, 2013 — No Region Specified

Why Toilets, Not Cell Phones, Are Key To Education Around The World

Source: Forbes

John Kluge says things many people want to say, but don’t because they think it’s taboo. Kluge is out to change that.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

IFC Announces Partnership to Increase Access to Affordable Sanitation in East Africa

Source: WebWire

Nairobi, Kenya — IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, today announced support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to catalyze the market for improved sanitation and accelerate access to more affordable sanitation solutions for low-income households in East Africa.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 — Latin America

Ban joins Hispaniola effort against cholera

Source: Devex

Ban Ki-moon has announced a new initiative that will support a 10-year effort against cholera in Haiti. This comes amid mounting calls for the United Nations to take responsibility over the spread of the disease in the country.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012 — Latin America

Bolivia Invests $20 Million in Waste Management

Source: Environment News Service

WASHINGTON, DC, December 10, 2012 (ENS) – Bolivia will improve municipal solid waste management services such as collection, transportation, and disposal, with a $20 million loan from the Inter-American Development Bank, the bank announced today.
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 — South Asia

Bartering vegetables for sanitary pads

Source: The Hindu Business Line

Women in rural areas are being convinced of the hygiene benefits of using sanitary pads, now to the extent that “they even barter onions or tomatoes for low-priced pads”, declared A. Muruganantham at the recently concluded TiECon – Chennai 2012.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 — No Region Specified

One billion raise a stink

Source: Al Jazeera English

Sanitation is not merely a development wish list, but a fundamental requirement that directly affects people's survival.
Monday, November 19, 2012 — Europe & Eurasia

Unilever's Hygiene Brand Domestos To Break Taboo Of The Loo

Source: CSR Wire

LONDON And ROTTERDAM, Nov. 19 /CSRwire/ - Unilever, through its leading hygiene brand Domestos, today – World Toilet Day - announced new initiatives to raise awareness for the global sanitation crisis. ‘Toilets for Health’, a white paper by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Domestos, gives new insights in the sanitation crisis.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 — North Africa and Near East

North Africa: Japan's Unicharm Corp. to Bring Affordable Hygiene Products to 36 Million Low-Income Women

Source: All Africa

New York/Tokyo — Japanese consumer products giant Unicharm Corp. has pledged to bring affordable diapers and sanitary products to 36 million low-income women in the Middle East/North Africa and Asian regions as part of the Business Call to Action (BCTA), a global initiative to reduce poverty and promote sustainable development through the development of inclusive business models.
Thursday, September 27, 2012 — South Asia

Using Innovative, Low-cost Solutions to Provide Safe Drinking Water in India

Source: India Knowedge@Wharton

P.Venkatesh, a resident of Boduppal village in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh, is a carpenter of modest means. The ever-increasing price of essentials has forced him to cut corners to save each paisa as he struggles to look after his family of four. But despite all odds and after much deliberation, three months ago he decided to make provision for yet another non-negotiable in his monthly budget -- drinking water.
Friday, April 20, 2012 — No Region Specified

Global Sanitation Target Under Threat

Source: The Guardian

UN high-level meeting is expected to call on world leaders to support the 57 countries currently most off-track to achieve their millennium development goal targets for sanitation.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Tackling the Challenges of Urban Sanitation: A Social Enterprise Model

Source: The Guardian

A micro franchise initiative founded by SC Johnson in Nairobi aims to improve levels of sanitation in low-income communities.
Monday, April 2, 2012 — No Region Specified

Infographic: 2.6 Billion People Don’t Have A Safe Way To Poop

Source: FastCo.Design

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation doesn’t mince words (or pictures) when it comes to feces.
Thursday, February 2, 2012 — South Asia

BRAC puts Entrepreneurs to Work Providing Clean Toilets for Millions

Source: PRWeb

In Bangladesh, the development organization's Water, Sanitation and Hygiene program gives millions of the rural poor a fresh start with latrines at prices fair to buyers and sellers alike.
Thursday, October 20, 2011 — Latin America

Green Businesses in Developing World Get $60M Boost, Along With Microfinance


The International Finance Corp. (IFC), a member of the World Bank group, is launching a $60 million equity financing mechanism to "promote homegrown green innovation in developing countries while encouraging the transfer of clean technologies from developed countries to developing countries." The Cleantech Innovation Facility will help small, highly innovative start-up companies that offer products or services that mitigate carbon emissions. It will n...
Monday, October 3, 2011 — South Asia

Chotuwash, and More

Source: Business Standard

The Godrej Group is walking the talk on 'Good and Green', its brand campaign. If the low-cost refrigerator ChotuKool that runs on both battery and electricity created a buzz because of innovation (how much of it translated into actual sales is not known as yet), the Godrej Group is already ready for more. While ChotuKool is gearing up for national distribution through the postal system, in the pipeline are a slew of products targeted at the bottom of the pyramid. For examp...
Thursday, September 29, 2011 — No Region Specified

Green Growth

Source: The Economist

THE enrichment of previously poor countries is the most inspiring development of our time. It is also worrying. The environment is already under strain. What will happen when the global population rises from 7 billion today to 9.3 billion in 2050, as demographers expect, and a growing proportion of these people can afford goods that were once reserved for the elite? Can the planet support so much economic activity? Many policymakers adopt a top-down and Western-centric approach to such ...
Friday, April 22, 2011 — No Region Specified

Kiva Expands Micro-Loans to Green Businesses

Source: TechCrunch, one of the pioneers in micro-lending to international entrepreneurs, has expanded into a new vertical today- Kiva Green Loans. Green Loans, which can be accessed from a new module on the lend tab, is a new vertical that allows the Kiva community to make loans towards green businesses and individuals who are helping make the transitio...
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