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Gates Foundation’s ‘Reinvent the Toilet’ Challenge Questioned By Experts

“Bill and Melinda Gates’ competition to produce a high-tech toilet for the developing world has been questioned by toilet experts,” SciDev.Net reports. “An environmental engineer and an NGO worker have criticized the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for funding the development of advanced toilets that would be too expensive to…

New Initiative Aims To Identify Innovations To Use Water More Efficiency

“As the global water resources become increasingly scarce, we must learn how to adapt to a new reality,” Christian Holmes, global water coordinator for USAID, writes in the agency’s “IMPACTblog.” He states, “In part, this means learning how to do more with less. Learning to use available water better, learning…

Fears Of Disease Outbreaks, Food Insecurity Mount In Somalia’s Puntland After Cyclone

“Two weeks after a tropical cyclone struck the northeast coast of Somalia, killing more than 100 people and thousands of head of livestock, important infrastructure lies in ruins and fears of an outbreak of waterborne diseases are mounting,” IRIN reports. “‘For four days, the cyclone brought heavy rainfall, icy winds,…

Guardian Publishes International Development Journalism Competition Articles

The Guardian’s “Global Development Professionals Network” on Friday published several articles written by “12 journalists who made the final of this year’s International Development Journalism Competition.” Among others, the topics of the articles include small-scale rice farming in Ghana, the clearing of human waste in India, drug-resistant malaria in Cambodia,…

Zimbabwe Responds To Watchdog’s Warning Of Potential Cholera Outbreak

“Zimbabwean authorities on Wednesday accused an international group of overstating the risks of a cholera outbreak in the sprawling capital city of Harare, ensuring the public that the cholera epidemic that killed 4,000 people in 2008 won’t repeat again,” Xinhua/Global Times reports. Responding “to a 160-page Human Rights Watch report,…

U.N. Officials Speak About Sanitation, Hygiene On World Toilet Day

“With its first official observance of World Toilet Day, the United Nations [on Tuesday] called on the international community to help break taboos around toilets, which are still out of reach to more than one-third of the global population, and make sanitation a global development priority,” the U.N. News Centre…

Blogs Address World Toilet Day

The following is a summary of blog posts addressing World Toilet Day, which was observed November 19. Alex Gordon, Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases’ “End The Neglect” blog: “Without a toilet, people are forced to defecate outside — an act that compromises a person’s dignity, privacy and safety, and…

LiveScience Series Examines Impacts Of Population Growth

Noting the U.N. estimates the global population could grow to 11 million people by the end of the century, LiveScience in a weeklong series “is taking a look at the impacts a population of 11 billion people might have on our home planet.” On Tuesday, the news service examined the…

Zimbabwe Capital Risks Cholera Outbreak, Human Rights Watch Warns

“Human Rights Watch on Tuesday warned that Zimbabwe’s capital Harare was at risk of repeating a cholera outbreak five years ago that killed over 4,200 people,” Agence France-Presse/France 24 reports (11/19). According to the group, “residents in Harare’s poorest townships have little access to clean piped water and often resort…

Blog Highlights Connections Among Sanitation, Malnutrition, Height

“On World Toilet Day, [observed Tuesday,] we’d like to take a moment to celebrate the toilet for not only saving lives — by reducing the risk of deadly diarrhea — but also for helping people to grow taller, a key measure of childhood malnutrition,” Victoria Fan, a research fellow at…

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