Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Photo of the Day: World Water Week

August 28, 2012

Women gather water at the only source in Mandl village. The village has toilets built under a Community Led Total Sanitation and Sanitation Marketing project funded by the foundation.

About 2.5 billion people use unsafe toilets or defecate in the open.  Poor sanitation causes severe diarrhea, which kills 1.5 million children each year.  Smart investments in sanitation can reduce disease, increase family incomes, keep girls in school, help preserve the environment, and enhance human dignity.

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Photograph by Prashant Panjiar (Mandi District, Himachal Pradesh, India, 2007.)

 
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