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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 04, 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.
Wednesday, September 04, 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.
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 07, 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 04, 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 03, 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 05, 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 02, 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 02, 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

Source: SustainableBusiness.com

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 03, 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

Kiva.org, 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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