Water, Sanitation, & Hygiene
On World Toilet Day, celebrate the luxury of having a safe place to poop - and remember that billions of people don't.
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December 01, 2013 / Brian Arbogast
Sanitation solutions don't have to be complicated, but they do have to meet the needs of consumers.
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November 26, 2013 / Nicole Baute
A devoted life-long library user discovers a library in Ghana has become a life-saver for women in the community.
November 22, 2013 / Brian Walsh
Liquidnet and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation partnered to source innovative new solutions to the challenge of data fragmentation in the sector. Using the Foundation’s Grand Challenges Explorations platform, we solicited groundbreaking solutions from
across the world to help increase the interoperability of data for social good. We sought approaches that dealt with not only the technological barriers but also the policy and behavior barriers to achieving interoperability, and encouraged projects that understood
the complexity of the issue.
November 22, 2013 / Brian Arbogast
Poor sanitation contributes to around 1 million child deaths from diarrhea each year. The environmental consequences are also devastating. Current toilets, sewers, and wastewater treatment systems used in the developed world are expensive and require too
much land, energy, and water to be feasible for widespread use in the developing world. That is why I am particularly excited that this week we announced three projects we will receive additional funding as part of our Grand Challenge to Create the Next Generation
of Sanitation Technologies. These grantees are receiving follow-on funding based on promising results from their Phase I Grand Challenges Explorations work.
November 21, 2013 / Philanthropy Age
Nine facts about global development issues that you probably didn't know.
"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.
©2013 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation