Google and Indian Government Partner for Toilet-Finder Tool

January 3, 2017  |  by

World Toilet Day, an annual United Nations-sanctioned day of observance drawing attention to the 2.4 billion people around the world without access to clean and safe sanitation, dropped this past November in typically splashy fashion: a Coldplay and Jay-Z concert, the unveiling of a Gates Foundation poop smell-blocking perfume and enough well-meaning potty puns to last well into the…

Challenges and Opportunities for Inclusive and Sustainable WASH

December 19, 2016  |  by

Great strides have been made in improving sanitation in many developing countries, not least through Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS), an innovative method developed to address the behaviours behind ongoing open defecation. CLTS has spread rapidly over the last 16 years and is now present in over 60 different countries. However recent research shows that…

Linking Hygiene Promotion to Child Protection

December 12, 2016  |  by

ACTED case workers conducting hygiene education activities with children in Syrian refugee camp – ACTED Iraq, 2016 Today, 2.4 billion people in the world are struggling to stay well and keep their children alive due to the lack of access to hygiene and sanitation services. In recognition of the importance of addressing this global challenge,…

How Do You Deal with Waste in Areas of a City That Lack Sewers?

December 5, 2016  |  by

Providing sanitation services to unsewered parts of a city is complex. The challenge goes way beyond simply building toilets – its about finding financially viable ways to collect, treat, and dispose of waste. WSUP’s new film tells the story of our work in Lusaka, Zambia, to improve sanitation in low-income communities by working closely with the utility,…

BabyWASH: Considerations for Child Health

November 21, 2016  |  by

Although global death rates of children under five resulting from diarrheal disease has fallen from a global high of 1.2 million in 2000 to 500,000 in 2015, it still represents the second leading cause of morbidity for this age group. These deaths are mainly preventable; 88% of them are attributed to a lack of access…

A Better Way to Wash Hands Without Piped Water: Designing the Povu Poa

November 14, 2016  |  by ,

A member of a focus group in Kisumu, Kenya, provides user preference input for a handwashing station customized for areas without access to piped water. Photo Credit: Noel Wilson The theme of this year’s Global Handwashing Day on October 15, 2016, was “Make Handwashing a Habit!” In places without access to piped water, new products and technologies…

This is What a Toilet Revolution Looks Like

November 7, 2016  |  by

I think I may have recently witnessed a real toilet revolution! As Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor’s (WSUP’s) Head of Sanitation, a general poop enthusiast, and having been born on World Toilet Day, I hope you can understand how exciting this is for me. I recently visited Visakhapatnam (‘Vizag’ for short) for the…

Complications of Being an Effective Do-Gooder

October 31, 2016  |  by

The Challenge Say you wanted to put in a well in a small community that needed water, in an economically depressed part of the world. You did your homework on how a well could be built for sustainable, good quality water. You gathered the resources, knew the well would not dry up nearby springs because…