Flushing Out Sanitation Market Failures

by Aprajita Singh, John Sauer and Bikas Sinha A third of the world’s population — 2.4 billion people — live without sanitation facilities. Not having access to even a basic toilet exposes millions of men, women, and children to risks of morbidity and mortality. During World Toilet Week, PSI is excited to announce its participation

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Celebrate World Toilet Week with PSI and Toilet Board Coalition

By John Sauer, Aprajita Singh, and Giovanni Dusabe, PSI Did you think how lucky you were today when you used the toilet? You probably didn’t but you should. You often only notice this habitual task when you have an urgent need and a restroom is nowhere to be found. Despite a toilet’s obvious value, 4.5

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5 Ways to Improve Access to Sanitation

PSI representatives from Haiti, India and Washington, DC traveled to the UNC Water and Health Conference to present on its water and sanitation experiences and learn from other researchers and professionals. Much of the conference focused on what it will take to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 6: access to safe water and sanitation. Although the

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Toilets Need a Market Too

by Laila Jewayni, Associate Program Manager, West & Central Africa, PSI Nearly 40% of the world’s population lacks access to toilets. The absence of adequate sanitation has a serious impact on health and social development. Children are particularly vulnerable to a range of health risks as a result of poor hygiene practices and low access

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A Toilet Brings Hope and Dignity

In many parts of the world, when nature calls, there is simply nowhere to go. Like most people in her community, Virginie Anagonou knows all too well the  challenges of living without a toilet – and the safety and dignity it offers. The everyday act of relieving oneself becomes a test of will. “We would

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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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Giving Vacuum Truck Operators the Business Skills They Need

by Samira Salifu and Serge Seiba, PSI Côte d’Ivoire “I had a habit of mixing up my personal and business funds,” Adama explains, “…it seemed alright whenever I dipped into my business funds to cater to my personal financial needs.” For 30 years, Adama Ballo has owned a small business that works to empty septic tanks in

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It Takes a Village: How One Toilet Becomes 150,000

By Maria Dieter, Communications Assistant, PSI Today is World Water Day. Take a moment to think about all of the ways you use water: to drink, to brush your teeth, to cook. But what if you couldn’t be sure whether the water in your home was safe to use? Check out the story below to

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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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How Collaboration Led to 20,000 Toilet Sales in India – and Counting!

By Jennifer Foster, Director of PATH’s WASH team; and John Sauer, Senior Technical Advisor for PSI’s WASH program This blog post was originally posted on DefeatDD.org. A toilet as an aspiration? In countries where we take flushing for granted, this perspective might be hard to understand. But when family finances are so scarce that school

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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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