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Half the world away? Fecal sludge and septage treatment in low and middle income countries

Within the pages of a newly-released engineering design manual, there are vital solutions for one of the most important sanitation challenges which most people have never heard of.

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Sanitation and health: What do we want to know?

This is the first of two blogs written about the “Sanitation and health evidence consensus meeting”, convened by WHO in Seattle on May 24 and 25 of 2018.

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My experience traveling to Bangladesh; the country at the heart of the global water crisis

Let’s try something. Walk to the nearest faucet and pour yourself a glass of water. Pretty easy, right? In Bangladesh, for young girls, this short walk ends up becoming a four-mile hike only to wait in line and receive a couple buckets of dirt-ridden water for the whole day.

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How our cities’ sanitation problem is damaging health

The piece highlights how having a sound fecal sludge management system is of utmost importance in densely populated areas, where most residents are often not connected to conventional sewer networks. Madhu says, “based on the data culled by the Centre for Science and Environment through a survey of close to 75 cities, between 70-90% of our human waste goes untreated into the environment. The collected and untreated material is usually dumped in the nearest water body or open area, sometimes even in farmer fields all of which is hazardous to safe and healthy living. Government and citizens have to act together to solve for the problem.”

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Our Response to Hurricane Matthew in Haiti

This week, we announced two emergency response grants totaling $2.8 million to meet the critical needs of those affected by Hurricane Matthew in Haiti.

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