Creating a Market for Better Sanitation Services in Abidjan

By Krisila Benson In Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire’s largest city, an estimated 720,000 have poor quality septic tanks that overflow at least twice per year, exposing residents to dangerous pathogens that cause a variety of diseases. Moreover, when a septic tank reaches its capacity, the connected toilets can no longer be used, thus forcing residents to

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The Neighborhood Toilet Champion

By Annie Davies, Chief of Staff, PSI “The waste water was always coming out of my compound and into the street!” exclaims Monsieur Theodore Danho, a landlord in the crowded capital city of Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire.  Danho was frustrated. Like most compounds in Abidjan, Danho’s tenants live in separate family units but share certain facilities,

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A New Class of Toilets

By Sophia Greenbaum, Graphic Designer, PSI Sandy Garçon, Manager, External Relations & Communications, PSI “Excuse me. May I use your toilet?” Meseret Workneh takes great joy in hearing this ordinary request. Only five months ago, this twenty-seven-year-old mother of one could barely make ends meet from selling coffee on the side of the road. Now

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Sanitation Impact

3 Ways Development NGOs can Increase Their Impact in 2016

By John Sauer, Senior Technical Advisor for PSI’s WASH program First the good news: the number of deaths of children under 5 years of age was more than cut in half between 1990 and 2015. As the global development community transitions from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), impressive stats

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UNC water and health

PSI Makes a Splash at the 2015 Water and Health Conference

PSI’s regional and international experts in policy, research and technical implementation will be joined by hundreds of leading experts from around the world at the 2015 Water and Health Conference: Where Science Meets Policy, organized by The Water Institute at UNC this week.  Those attending are looking for innovative public health solutions to the issues

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Mandy Moore with Women and Children

An Unexpected Question

Day 1 in India with Mandy Moore

By Mandy Moore, PSI Global Ambassador This morning for breakfast, I joined the PSI India team to learn how they and their partners, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Unilever, are building toilets and developing a sanitation system in Bihar by turning the traditional nonprofit model on its head. PSI India has developed a

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Safichoo toilet

Improving Sanitation through Empathic Design: Meet Jasmine Burton, a PSI Global Health Corps Fellow

By Maria Dieter, External Relations and Communications Assistant, PSI Each day, the youth of today find innovative ways to combat injustice. In the world of global health, some of these young people can be found as fellows in the Global Health Corps, which was founded by Barbara Bush to combat some of the injustices she

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India toilets

Toilets: The Business Case

By Karl Hofmann, CEO and President, PSI As you may have seen, PSI celebrated a milestone this month: 10,000 toilets installed in India. But as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government is finding, just building the toilets is not enough to get them used. The Washington Post recently highlighted this vexing challenge in

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