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 det...

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.

The New Metal That Could Make Your Phone Toilet-Proof

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK Tech

University scientists have created a brand new metal that is so water repellent it causes liquid to bounce off it like a ball. The university's opt...

Gates drinks water made from faeces. So do you.

Rémi Kaupp | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK Tech
Rémi Kaupp

You may not know it, but there is a good chance that you, too, have already been drinking water that has been - at least partially - recycled from wastewater.

The Urban Sanitation Business

Girish Menon | Posted 28.02.2015 | UK
Girish Menon

With almost half the population of Sub-Saharan Africa living in towns and cities, urban sanitation poses a serious challenge. This is especially the case for unplanned or informal settlements where the majority of the poorest people live...

How A Global Toilet Shortage Is Causing A Gender Inequality Crisis

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK

It's World Toilet Day - and that's no laughing matter. According to the United Nations, 2.5 billion people - that's one in three - don't have acce...

Focusing on Water - The World's Most Valuable Resource

Barbara Frost | Posted 11.01.2015 | UK
Barbara Frost

The world is facing a water and sanitation crisis, with 2.5 billion people on our planet lacking access to a basic toilet. The global health and economic costs are huge. However, the crisis can be addressed, and there is an important and growing role for private enterprise.

A Quarter Of People Around You Have Poo On Their Hands

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle

We're feeling a sudden and overwhelming desire to wear surgical gloves for the rest of our lives. The reason? A study has revealed that our hands are ...

Will India's New Prime Minister Free the Country From Open Defecation?

Andres Hueso | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK
Andres Hueso

The new Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, has recently announced a new campaign to eliminate open defecation - the practice of people relieving themselves in the open - by 150th anniversary of Gandhi's birth in 2019...

Minimal Cost for Maximum Benefit: Why Toilets Need to Be Usable by All

Jane Wilbur | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK
Jane Wilbur

Giving someone a way to keep themselves clean and easy access to drinking water and a basic toilet opens the door to better health, the ability to better participate in a community and the basic dignity that every human being is entitled to.

Toilets Can't End the Violence - But Are Part of the Solution

Barbara Frost | Posted 07.09.2014 | UK
Barbara Frost

The story of two teenage girls raped and murdered in India this spring while looking for a discreet place to relieve themselves outdoors made headlines around the world. Sadly, their situation is far from unique. Half a billion women and girls - 15% of females worldwide - are forced to do this every day simply because they do not have access to a toilet. This crisis risks women's health, and threatens their safety. The new Indian government was moved to act following the tragedy of the two Dalit girls in Uttar Pradesh, pledging zero tolerance for acts of violence against women. Their statement is welcome. However, protecting women from harassment and attack will not happen overnight.

The Girls On the Bus: The Road Ahead

Emily Graham | Posted 02.09.2014 | UK
Emily Graham

"When I have a family it will be totally different. I hope we will be able even to wash and do our laundry here at home. And when we will have the water point up here, that old water point can be used for the rice field, it would be good for tomato and onion growing, so there would be more food."