Crowning the “Sanitation Queen”: Q&A with Miss Oxnard Latina

How can a beauty queen contribute to the fight for clean drinking water and better sanitation in the developing world? Miss Oxnard Latina, Amanda Rodriguez, wants to use the power of her voice as an advocate for Latinas across the United States to bring attention to PSI’s WASH programs. PSI’s Maria Dieter recently chatted with

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#WorldToiletDay: Empowering Families to Improve Sanitation in India

Sunila Devi lives in Bihar, India. India is a country of 1.3 billion people, half of which don’t have access to a toilet. Without proper sanitation facilities, 600,000 people have no choice but to relieve themselves out in the open. “It was difficult going in the open. Other people keep coming and going,” Sunila says.

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Watch How Unilever is Helping Improve Access to Toilets in Bihar, India

By Alena Sims, Communications Associate, PSI Globally, 2.4 billion people do not have access to a toilet, of which nearly 1 billion defecate in the open. As a result, poor sanitation contributes to 1.5 million deaths from diarrheal diseases among children every year. In addition, not having a safe place to defecate puts women and

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Watch How Unilever is Helping Improve Access to Toilets in Bihar, India

By Alena Sims, Communications Associate, PSI Globally, 2.4 billion people do not have access to a toilet, of which nearly 1 billion defecate in the open. As a result, poor sanitation contributes to 1.5 million deaths from diarrheal diseases among children every year. In addition, not having a safe place to defecate puts women and

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The Earth Auger Toilet: A Solution for the Masses?

By: Samira Y Salifu, Knowledge Manager, PSI-Ghana Sub-Saharan Africa remains one of the primary regions with the least improvement in accomplishing the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) on sanitation by 2015, with only a 30% coverage and an increase of 4% since 1990. In most parts of the region, open defecation is an easier and cheaper

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Sanitation Ghana

Lessons in Sanitation: Facilitating Government Engagement in Ghana

By Kofi Yeboah Communications and Social Media Officer, PSI Ghana A functioning toilet for all. That’s the overarching goal of the PSI and its partners working in sanitation. But the path to getting there is complicated and fraught with obstacles, from a disconnected supply chain for toilet materials to getting local governments to share and reinforce

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More than Toilets: How to Close the Global Sanitation Gap

[<a href=”//storify.com/PSIImpact/talking-toilets-with-psi-s-wash-advisor-genevieve-” target=”_blank”>View the story “More Than Toilets: How to Close the Global Sanitation Gap” on Storify</a>]

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World Toilet Day

How Building Toilets Ensures Dignity and Health for Women and Girls

Each year, over a million children around the world die from diarrheal and other diseases associated with unsafe water, inadequate sanitation and poor hygiene practices. This World Toilet Day, read below for one example of how PSI and its partners are joining together to give girls and women access to a basic human right to

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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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4 Innovations that are Reducing the Shame of Menstruation

By Noha Zeitoun, Content Intern, PSI Finally, a women’s cycle has made the news cycle. For roughly 250 million adolescent girls in the world living in poverty, having a period means having to carry a heavy burden of shame. In addition, a shortage of sufficient clean water, toilets and sanitary products in schools can limit their

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PSI Ethiopia Prepares to Launch PSI’s First Franchised, Pay-for-Use Toilet Business

By Genevieve Kelly, WASH Coordinator, PSI It was all-hands-on-deck this past August in Addis Ababa when an Ethiopian architect, expert from Sanergy, a sanitation social enterprise based in Kenya, PSI’s WASH coordinator and the distinct and talented team from PSI Ethiopia gathered at the PSI-Ethiopia office. Their objective: to design a high-quality, pay-for-use toilet that will

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Kumasi

Making Kumasi a Cleaner City

Sanitation Service Delivery (SSD) is a USAID/West Africa regional urban sanitation project that is implemented by PSI in collaboration with PATH and Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP). The project aims to improve sanitation outcomes by developing and testing scalable business models that engage private sector service providers and by contributing to the

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