Heavy rains catalyzed a massive garbage landslide in Mozambique’s capital that killed 16 people last week, revealing the precarious foundations of life around Maputo’s Hulele rubbish dump.Anticipating tragedy, local environmentalists have long campaigned for the dump—home…

Nowhere may the threat of antimicrobial resistance be higher than in the WHO-defined South East Asia region, which includes countries such as Bangladesh, Bhutan and India. Indeed, aggravated by such factors as lack of sanitation and hygiene, ease of access to antibiotics…

When the small startup EarthEnable was interviewed by NPR 3 years ago, the group had trained 20 masons and tested its method of converting unsanitary dirt floors with sealed earthen floors in just 7 homes in Rwanda.

Greece’s public health and hospital systems are floundering in a chaos induced by the country’s austerity measures, marked by staff shortages and poor sanitation.Hospital patients—given beds that haven’t been disinfected, and treated by overworked staff who lack access to…

More than 1/2 the world’s 7.4 billion people live in urban areas. And 800 million of those urban dwellers don’t have access to an adequate sanitation system, including safe, private toilets. Such circumstances encourage outbreaks of diseases, including cholera.

For the first time last week, the UN owned up to its role in the 2010 Haiti cholera epidemic, which killed 10,000 people. The acknowledgment followed the publication of an internal audit that revealed chronic poor sanitation management by UN Peacekeepers in Haiti and 6…

The majority of people living in rural India defecate in the open, leaving them vulnerable to diseases. And even those who have toilets are at risk. The toilets that empty into leach pits—holes in the ground used to compost human waste—are often situated dangerously close…

About 1 in 4 children under age 5—159 million worldwide—are affected by stunting, a condition caused by malnutrition. A report released yesterday by WaterAid links stunting to not just a lack of food but also a lack of clean water and toilets. The report, “Caught Short,”…

For Pakistan’s estimated 23-32 million slum dwellers, the inspiring story of 28-year-old Mohammad Sabir is a beacon of hope about overcoming one’s circumstances. As a child from a low caste he salvaged trash to support his family of 11, yet insisted on also attending…

Hepatitis A, gastroenteritis and dysentery are just some of the health problems associated with open defecation, practiced daily in India by more than 600 million people, due to a lack of toilets in homes, schools and workplaces. But the absence of toilets and a sanitation…