© UNICEF Nigeria/2015
Zainabu visits one of the Open Defecation Free (ODF) communities within her jurisdiction. As Director of the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Department in her local government, she oversees a staff of 96 people working to improve sanitation in their communities.

Nigeria’s ‘Iron Lady’ of water and sanitation

February 13, 2017  |  by

World Toilet Day is marked every year on 19 November as a way to raise awareness and break taboos around toilets and sanitation. This year, UNICEF celebrated Toilet Heroes – the children and adults who are making an impact in their communities by demanding toilets and improved sanitation. This article was originally published on unicef.org, WASHfunders…

Climate Change and WASH: Conversation with a Researcher

January 17, 2017  |  by

2016 has not been lacking in extreme events – the Fort McMurray wildfires, Winter Storm Jonas, Hurricane Matthew, record-setting average global temperatures – and it’s assumed that such events will be occurring with increasing frequency. Such extreme events are highly covered in the news and grab the public’s attention, often resuming the ongoing discussion around…


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…

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…

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…

Toilets Transform Communities in Rural Angola

October 3, 2016  |  by

© Karin Schermbrucker. Eugenia, 11, washes her hands after learning about sanitation and hygiene during a ‘triggering’ meeting in Calipanguela Village, Angola. I recently returned from a trip to visit rural villages in Angola to look at the impact that UNICEF’s sanitation partnership with Andrex is having on children and families there. It’s incredible to…

Wastewater Treatment: A Growing Crisis and Its Solutions, Part Two

September 26, 2016  |  by

Designers and engineers have long recognized the need for wastewater treatment in developing communities but often are met with the challenges of no piped sewer system, high capital investment, and limited technical skills necessary for operation and maintenance. Enter decentralized wastewater treatment; a solution that treats waste effectively on site and requires no existing piped…