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Jacky Achan

28 October 2018

Uganda

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Uganda’s education ministry requires all schools to have incinerators to burn used sanitary pads. Lack of funding limits schools’ ability to comply. Even when incinerators exist, girls don’t necessarily use them. Educ...

Talk Africa

Henry Owino

2 October 2018

Kibera, Nairobi, Kenya

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In a slum in Kiberia, Kenya, a new invention called Peepoople Kenya (or Peepoo for short) is addressing a mounting sanitation issue from open defecation and lack of clean facilities. The solution is a single-use, biod...

The Montgomery Advertiser

Melissa Brown

24 September 2018

Hayneville, Alabama, United States

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A wastewater infrastructure crisis in the southern United States is much like those found in far less-developed countries. Now researchers and nonprofits are looking to successes in Africa, in an effort to eradicate o...

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Lyndsey Gilpin

30 August 2018

Nigeria

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In the 1980s, throughout African and Asian countries, a tropical disease known as guinea worm was being transmitted through contaminated stagnant water. Thanks to a combination of endeavors that included "education an...

Reuters

Jack Hunter

13 August 2018

Paris, France

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Parisians want the city to remove recently-installed public urinals. Pitched as an “eco solution to public peeing,” the toilets are gross, ugly and discriminatory, say outraged residents.

Nigeria Health Watch

Bashar Abubakar

7 August 2018

Nigeria

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In order to improve community health and maintain defenses against communicable diseases in Nigeria, thousands of sanitation workers have been recruited, trained, and deployed. Additionally, neighboring countries have...

Legit.ng

Nnenna Ibeh

2 August 2018

Aguata, Anambra, Nigeria

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Students in Nigeria's Ezinifite school are working to promote good hygiene at school and at home. The school installed flush toilets and hand-washing stations to cut down on the spread of germs. Now, students are taki...

NPR

Robert Smith

27 July 2018

Dakar, Senegal

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In Senegal, emptying your septic taste is expensive business; the two options, hiring someone to shovel it onto the street or paying a high price to the "cartel of 'toilet suckers,'" are not sustainable for residents...

The Montgomery Advertiser

Melissa Brown

26 July 2018

Haynesville, Alabama, United States

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In the South's rural Black Belt, wastewater management is an issue, but local activists, government officials, and civil engineers are working together to create a new type of sanitation system that works for the geog...

Southerly

Melissa Brown

25 July 2018

Alabama, United States

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Improving sanitation and hygiene in rural communities requires coordinating experts and policy makers to find solutions that fit. In addition to coordinating research projects on alternative forms of sewage and wastew...

Nation Africa

Leopold Obi

9 June 2018

Arusha, Tanzania

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Thanks to a modernized waste-management system introduced by Tanzania in 2014, Kenya is able to see a future for fixing their quickly growing trash pollution problem.

The New York Times

Amy Yee

1 May 2018

Richard Toll, Senegal

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A cross-sector program to improve malaria awareness and treatment in Senegal has seen sharp decreases in cases. The program includes increased screening, rapid testing kits, and community health workers.

Christian Science Monitor

Howard LaFranchi

15 April 2018

Thennamadevi, India

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The teenage girls of Thennamadevi are leaders in their community. They’re actively fighting against gender discrimination by organizing. They successfully lobbied politicians and brought streetlights, and sanitary nap...

ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Stephanie Capper

10 March 2018

Nepal

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In Nepal, Chhaupadi is a ritual in which menstruating women are banished to small sheds for the duration of their period. Women are forced to stay outdoors, and potentially face extreme weather conditions. The practic...

NPR

Maria Hinojosa

2 February 2018

New York, New York, United States

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Heroin purchased on the street is now commonly laced with fentanyl, a powerful narcotic, which has a much smaller lethal dose than heroin. Tino Fuentes spends his time in a place called "the hole" in the Bronx educati...

Civic Ideas

Dominic Kirui

3 December 2017

Botoret, Kenya

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After learning that poor hygiene and sanitation practices often leads to an increase in diseases, on man in Kenya decided to install pit latrines for his community to lead by example. This practice, along with other a...

Colorado Public Radio

Sam Brasch

17 July 2017

Aspen, Colorado, United States

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Hikers in Conundrum Hot Springs often do not properly dispose of their human waste, burying it or leaving it in the open where it can contaminate the water or make the trails less enjoyable. "Wag bags" are bags distri...

Pro Bono Australia

Wendy Williams

11 May 2017

Honiara, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands

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A research fellow at Deakin University’s School of Engineering in Australia has developed a world-first technology 3D printer prototype capable of printing plumbing and sanitation supplies using discarded plastics - a...

BBC

Gemma Newby

28 March 2017

Cap-Haïtien, Department of Nord, Haiti

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Haiti is currently battling the biggest cholera epidemic in recent history caused by lack of access to clean drinking water. Soil is an NGO which delivers dry, compost toilets to peoples’ homes - alternatives to wat...

The Huffington Post

Sarah Ruiz-Grossman

24 February 2017

Mozambique

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In Nampula, Mozambique, people living in remote, rural communities do not seek medical attention when they get sick because of myths that diseases are caused by spirits. So a non-profit, Malaria Consortium, is trainin...

BBC

Tom Colls

12 February 2017

Makindye, Kampala, Uganda

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Professor Kevin McGuigan in Dublin has proven that simply leaving contaminated water in a plastic bottle out in the sun for several hours is effective in killing off harmful bacteria like e-coli and provide a simple s...

Christian Science Monitor

Atul Bhattarai

18 December 2016

Kathmandu, Nepal

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For years, campaigns to clean Nepal's polluted Bagmati River resulted in failure. Now with police and government backing, the organization Safai Abhiyaan is in its third year, attracting hundreds of volunteers who are...

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Libby Leyden

9 December 2016

San Francisco, California, United States

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With the homeless population in San Francisco in crisis, the lack of a safe clean place for the homeless to relieve themselves has caused concerns over sanitation in the Tenderloin neighborhood. Now the city offers a ...

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Patralekha Chatterjee

17 November 2016

Mysuru, India

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Mysuru has become a gleaming example for solutions to India's vaster struggles with solid-waste management, toilet construction, sanitation strategy, public outreach, and other measures. The city uses a decentralized ...

Next City

Ann Babe

26 September 2016

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

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If you’ve ever been to a music festival, you’ve probably stepped inside a chemical toilet. The blue, plastic toilets, are meant to be temporary. However, in post-Apartheid, Cape Town, they are permanent fixtures for a...

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