Yes, the name of the film is “Toilet: A Love Story.” Yes, it is, in part, about open defecation—a real life problem in India, where 60% of the billion-plus population lacks access to a bathroom.   It is also a hit. Though some have criticized it as thinly veiled government…

Port-au-Prince, Haiti, has no sewage system. It’s one of the few densely populated cities of its size where people still use outhouses and throw waste in the canals and waterways. Unsurprisingly, Haiti also has a problem with contaminated water and disease. These issues…

3 out of 10 people worldwide lack private access to safe drinking water, and 6 in 10 lack safely managed sanitation, according to a new WHO and UNICEF report.

Poor water system management likely caused 85% of Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks in US health care facilities in 2015, says a new CDC study. The severe lung infection is caused by breathing bacteria-infested water droplets.  

In Haryana, India, toilet ownership increased 21% in households with marriage-aged men between 2004 and 2008, according to a recent ScienceDirect study. The reason: A state-run campaign encouraging women to tell suitors, “No loo, no ‘I do!’”

Treatment plants on 33% of Canada’s 600-plus reservations are at risk of producing unsafe water, according to an investigation by Toronto’s Globe and Mail newspaper.   Design approval processes for First Nations water supply systems are both weak and outdated, the newspaper…

Open defecation in camps for internally displaced people in northeast Nigeria is fueling fears of waterborne disease and leaves women vulnerable to sexual violence.   Boko Haram insurgents displaced about 1.8 million people and destroyed 3/4 of water points and toilets in…

Mumbai celebrated World Toilet Day on Saturday in style: with a Global Citizen concert featuring Coldplay, Jay Z, and Demi Lovato.   The daily reality is not so glitzy for the 1.6 million Mumbai residents who lack a clean, safe toilet. World Toilet Day aims to raise…

Health and development experts from all over the world will meet in London this week for the annual Grand Challenges global conference, which aims to improve the lives of the world’s most vulnerable.  

2 students from Burkina Faso have developed a new, accessible and affordable way to fight malaria: a simple soap made with shea butter and lemongrass oil.