Sanitation

A Million Hands: Uniting Young People Worldwide to Get Clean Water for All

Jack Abrey | Posted 06.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Jack Abrey

Taps and toilets, things we so easily take for granted, really do transform lives. I'm so proud that Scouts in the UK have chosen to take action on this important issue. In just one week, we learned so much about how we can join together with our Scout family in Madagascar, and across the world, to help get clean water and toilets for everyone, everywhere.

Why the Climate Promises of Paris Depend on Water

Margaret Batty | Posted 27.04.2016 | UK
Margaret Batty

We need to get different sectors talking. Climate change and water are intertwined and we need to speak each other's language when it comes to planning and funding adaptation efforts. We can no longer have countries develop water policies that don't include climate risks, nor can climate planners operate without consulting key water ministries.

Why the Poor Pay Most for Life's Most Basic Essential

Barbara Frost | Posted 22.03.2016 | UK
Barbara Frost

Since we marked the first UN-declared World Water Day in 1993, the world has made incredible progress. Yet there remain more than 650million people in the world without access to clean water, who are faced with a daily struggle involving long dangerous walks or expensive black-market vendors, just to get water that is likely neither clean nor safe to drink.

World Water Day

Lord Michael Hastings | Posted 22.03.2016 | UK
Lord Michael Hastings

The Cycle of Water The 22nd March is World Water Day and we are clear - we need the privileged world to wake up to the droughts and floods that crippl...

Walking for Water in India

Cerys Matthews | Posted 22.03.2016 | UK Entertainment
Cerys Matthews

Today is World Water Day and this morning over 650million people around the world woke up with no clean water. That's one in ten people. Forced to drink, cook and wash with dirty water, people are at risk of getting sick and missing vital days of work and education, trapped in a cycle of poverty. Last month WaterAid invited me to travel to India with my 12-year-old daughter Glenys to see the situation for myself. I visited Sanabenakudi, a remote village in east India, to understand what everyday life is like for people living without access to safe water...

A Girl's Right to Education Includes Water and Sanitation

Barbara Frost | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK
Barbara Frost

If we are to celebrate all that women have achieved, surely this basic right, essential for health and dignity, which has held so many women and girls back from their full potential cannot go ignored.

Water on the Agenda at Davos

Margaret Batty | Posted 20.01.2016 | UK
Margaret Batty

As the world's decision-makers congregate in Davos this week, one of the most pressing issues will be also one of the most fundamental: Water.

Could a Poo Transplant Cure You?

Dr Robynne Chutkan | Posted 17.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Robynne Chutkan

We spend a lot of time making sure we're clean - scrubbing ourselves with harsh soaps, sanitizing our hands and environment with chemicals, and eliminating any trace of dirt from our homes and lives - but could our squeaky clean lifestyles be causing more harm than good?

From Paris to the Peanut Crop - Why the Climate Deal Must Not Forsake the World's Poorest

Barbara Frost | Posted 16.12.2015 | UK
Barbara Frost

The future of the UN's new Global Goals and the promises to end extreme poverty, the health and well-being of those who are most vulnerable, and even the fate of peanut crops like Diallo's are all at stake as these world leaders return home to consider the promises made. What is needed next is action to ensure finance for adaptation goes where it's most needed, and that the poorest and most vulnerable are given priority.

Tackling India's Sanitation Crisis

Gates Cambridge Scholars | Posted 07.12.2015 | UK
Gates Cambridge Scholars

*An urban planner by learning and alumnus of Cambridge University, MS Raghavendra [2002 - PhD in Architecture] teaches at Administrative Staff College...

Making Potties Pretty - World Toilet Day

Miriam Brown | Posted 20.11.2015 | UK
Miriam Brown

I wrote the article below two years ago, when 'World Toilet Day' was in its infancy. Now, two years on, it is still as relevant as ever... 'How many ...

This Is Why You Should Give A Crap About World Toilet Day

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 19.11.2015 | UK

More than 2.3 billion people in the world do not have access to a safe, private toilet. The unsanitary abodes that replace them are often outdoors...

World Toilet Day - More Important Than It Sounds

Cohan Chew | Posted 03.11.2015 | UK
Cohan Chew

At first glance, World Toilet Day sounds like something pushed out by a group of silly children. However, World Toilet Day's significance is detriment...

Malawi Floods: How Clean Water Has Transformed the Lives of Those Who Had Everything Washed Away

Sanjay Singh | Posted 12.11.2015 | UK
Sanjay Singh

While scars from the floods remain, the communities are becoming stronger than ever before with the help of clean water and improved sanitation facilities, keeping them healthy and uniting them in a common purpose to rebuild their lives. I leave with a firm image in my mind that everyday makes me smile - a water pump. Such a simple thing really can transform lives.

International Development Is Not 'Business as Usual'

Jeremy Horner | Posted 25.09.2015 | UK
Jeremy Horner

The United Nations likes numbers and when it comes to international development it would seem the bigger the better. This weekend 150 world leaders wi...

Why Taps and Toilets Are Helping Children Gain an Education

Maria Bystedt | Posted 24.08.2015 | UK
Maria Bystedt

We've all been there, standing in line to use the toilet. The wait can seem like forever, but in reality it's probably only a few inconvenient minutes. Now imagine having to wait for hours every single day just to use a private toilet, only to find the facilities lacking at the front of the queue and nothing to wash your hands with.

Wising Up About Water

Barbara Frost | Posted 24.08.2015 | UK
Barbara Frost

We all know a country can only develop fully if all of its population has access to water and sanitation. Taps and toilets transform people's life chances, leading to better health, education and economic opportunities. It is fundamental to eradicating extreme poverty and to women and girl's empowerment.

Water Catastrophe - The Night There Wasn't Any Water Left In The Taps

A. Dassu | Posted 07.07.2015 | UK
A. Dassu

Next time I turn the news on and see a story about people living through a drought, or floods affecting people's houses and lives, I won't just feel sorry for them. I will understand a lot better what they must be going through and will pick up that phone and donate more and encourage everyone I know to do the same.

This Is What Would Happen #IfMenHadPeriods

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Could you imagine a world where men had periods? It'd be very different to the one we live in, that's for sure. To emphasise this point, WaterAid h...

Belu Water Hits £1Million - And Transforms People's Lives

Barbara Frost | Posted 25.05.2015 | UK
Barbara Frost

Belu started with a simple idea - to transform the bottled water industry by reducing the sector's environmental impact and using 100% of its profits to fund clean water projects in the world's poorest communities. From humble beginnings, this mineral water has made a huge impact.

These Women Are Changing The World With Sanitary Pads

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle

An online tampon vendor called SHEVA is making a huge difference to the lives of young women in developing countries. The website gives a month's s...

Preventing Disease and Further Tragedy for Malawi Flood Victims

Lovemore Mvula | Posted 27.04.2015 | UK
Lovemore Mvula

When the storms first hit southern Malawi in January, Edina Anyezi, a 44-year-old mother and well-respected Senior Chief Kawinga of Mwanyali Village, rushed home to rescue her family's few belongings from the rising floodwaters.

Solving the Sanitation Riddle of India

Barbara Frost | Posted 12.11.2015 | UK
Barbara Frost

India has undergone an astonishing transformation over the past decade or so. When I first visited India in the early 70s few would have predicted that this amazing country would today have an IT industry worth over $100 billion a year or that Indian companies would come to own some of the best known British brands such as Jaguar Land Rover and Tetley Tea...

Time to Look Ahead on Ebola

Barbara Frost | Posted 01.04.2015 | UK
Barbara Frost

As the Ebola crisis in West Africa begins to ease, there is equal cause for hope and fear. The news that infections have slowed to fewer than 100 new cases per week is cause for optimism. But as the fight against Ebola moves into this next stage, there is still so much work to be done.

Talking Extreme Poverty at Davos

Margaret Batty | Posted 22.03.2015 | UK
Margaret Batty

There are still 748 million people on Earth without access to clean water, many of whom have to walk for hours each day to fetch water that puts their health at risk.