Thorsten Kiefer is the founder and Executive Director of WASH United. A human rights lawyer by training, Thorsten has been working on the intersections between WASH and human rights in various positions for almost ten years, focusing particularly on advocacy.
November 16, 2011 / Thorsten Kiefer
Preventable diseases caused by a lack of toilets and poor hygiene kill the equivalent of eight 747’s filled with children every day.
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"Our desire to bring every good thing to our children is a force for good throughout the world. It’s what propels societies forward." —Melinda Gates
The Global Fund has helped to deliver more than 190 million bed nets to protect families from malaria.
"The world faces a clear choice. If we invest relatively small amounts, many more poor farmers will be able to feed their families." —Bill Gates, 2012 Annual Letter
"When it come to global health, Bill and I are optimists—but we're impatient optimists. Tremendous progress is being made. But there is still so much we're impatient to see done." —Melinda French Gates
In Senegal, 80% of households now have a bed net, helping the number of malaria cases there drop 50% in a single year.
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