The Human Impact

Only two Southern African countries on track to meet 2015 MDG water and sanitation targets – report

March 3, 2014

Some 120,000 children under the age of five in Southern African countries die every year from diarrhoea, which is primarily caused by lack of access to clean water and sanitation.

Menstruation taboo puts 300 mln women in India at risk – experts

February 11, 2013

More than 300 million women and girls in India do not have access to safe menstrual hygiene products, endangering their health, curtailing their education and putting their livelihoods at risk, say experts at the Geneva-based Water Supply & Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC).

Q+A – Child-friendly toilets key in fight to improve global sanitation

February 6, 2013

If toilets meet children’s needs, this will keep them in school longer, reduce the spread of life-threatening diarrhoeal diseases and help meet development goals, according to the charity Water For People.

Lack of toilets, clean water costs world $260 bln each year – Liberia president

January 31, 2013

Poor access to sanitation and clean water costs the global economy $260 billion each year, according to Liberia’s president who is leading work to craft proposals for a new set of global anti-poverty goals.

Technological solutions are key to fix Africa sanitation crisis

December 2, 2012

Morris Marah is project manager at Africa Gathering, a network of people focused on encouraging sustainable development using technology and social networking.

Financial app would set sanitation cost benchmarks

December 1, 2012

Nick Dickinson from International Water and Sanitation Centre (IRC) discusses the Quick Financial Sustainability Check project under construction by Team Fresh Sh!t at the Sanitation Hackathon in London.

Hackathon seeks solutions to global sanitation crisis

December 1, 2012

Applying mobile technology to help provide proper sanitation to 2.5 billion people who lack it makes sense given that globally 5 billion people are subscribed to mobile phone services, many of them in the developing world, according to the organisers of a two-day global brainstorming event.

Community project frees 24 million from open defecation – UNICEF

November 21, 2012

At least 24 million people living in 39,000 communities in 50 countries have eliminated open defecation over the past five years, signalling that progress is being made in the fight to help 1.1 billion people who do not use proper facilities, the U.N. children’s agency (UNICEF) reported on Monday.

World Toilet Day chance to fight sanitation indignities women face – activist Helen Pankhurst

November 19, 2012

Helen Pankhurst, a member of charity WaterAid’s board of trustees, spoke at a World Toilet Day event at London’s Anthologist restaurant.

EU could do better on sub-Saharan Africa water, sanitation projects – audit

October 26, 2012

Fewer than half of 23 drinking water and sanitation projects funded with development aid from the European Union (EU) in six Sub-Saharan countries have met the needs of beneficiaries, and 19 are at risk of failure without ongoing financial support, according to an auditors’ report.