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 toRead More ›
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.Read More ›
[<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>]Read More ›
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 schoolRead More ›
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 toRead More ›
By Shankar Narayanan, Director of Programs at PSI India
What if I had to go to a bakery for the bun, a butcher for the meat, a grocer for the lettuce, tomato and onion and a deli for the cheese?
By the time I put everything together, the lettuce has wilted, the bread is stale and the meat is looking a bit funny. To top it all off, I’ve never even made a chicken burger before and I’m not sure of how to cook it.
That’s what it’s like buying a toilet in Bihar.
Over 60% of India’s population does not have access to a toilet, meaning they are forced to defecate outside, a practice which causes the spread of diarrheal disease and contamination of the environment. PSI partnered with the NGOs Monitor Group, PATH and Water For People to answer the question: “Why don’t households have toilets?”.
We found that the supply chain is fragmented.Read More ›
Toilets may not be a topic that get as much attention as others, but over 1 billion people around the world must defecate out in the open and over 2 billion people do not have access to clean and private toilets. That means that billions are at risk of diseases that are spread through fecal matter such as diarrhea and cholera.
Today’s World Toilet Day is meant to make some noise about the issue by raising awareness. The stakes are high and the issue is serious. According to the WHO, the areas with the lowest access to proper sanitation are sub-Saharan Africa (31%), southern Asia (36%) and Oceania (53%). “World Toilet Day has a serious purpose: it aims to stimulate dialogue about sanitation and break the taboo that still surrounds this issue,” says the World Toilet Day website. “In addition, it supports advocacy that highlights the profound impact of the sanitation crisis in a rigorous manner, and seeks to bring to the forefront the health and emotional consequences, as well as the economic impact of inadequate sanitation.”Read More ›