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29 March 2012

Though there has been a considerable improvement in sanitary conditions in India since 1990, the number of people defecating in open (626 million) is still enough to fill one-and-half football stadia every day. According to the recently-released WHO/Unicef Joint Monitoring Programme report, the MDG) target aimed at halving the population by 2015 of those who in 1990 were without access to basic sanitation is unlikely to be met.

27 March 2012

Malnutrition is not only a direct and indirect cause of infant mortality; it also causes stunting and has life-long influences on learning and IQ which will impair future earning capacity.

27 March 2012

Malnutrition is not only a direct and indirect cause of infant mortality; it also causes stunting and has life-long influences on learning and IQ which will impair future earning capacity.

22 March 2012

To mark World Water Day today, the STEPS Centre has gathered together a range of exciting and thought-provoking new resources.

22 March 2012

To mark World Water Day today, the STEPS Centre has gathered together a range of exciting and thought-provoking new resources.

21 March 2012

The 2012 update of the Joint Monitoring Programme’s Progress on Drinking Water and Sanitation Report has been published.

With regards to sanitation, the bad news is that although 1.8 billion people have gained access to improved sanitation since 1990, the world is likely to miss the MDG sanitation target. In 2010 2.5 billion people were still without access to improved sanitation.

21 March 2012

A survey by the Environmental Health and Sanitation Directorate (EHSD) under the country’s Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD) revealed open defecation costs Ghana $79 million per year. Another $215 million is lost each year due to premature deaths caused by poor water reticulation, lack of sanitation and hygiene. The total amounts to 1.6% of Ghana’s GDP.

21 March 2012

Kamal Kar speaks on the question ‘What one sustainable development issue would you like to see addressed at Rio+20?’ at the 6th World Water Council which took place in Marseille between the 12th and 17th March 2012.

19 March 2012

Dr Valerie Curtis, of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and Therese Mahon, of WaterAid, talked about deadly diarrhoeal diseases and described how disgust is vital for survival during a discussion on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour on Tuesday 28th February.

19 March 2012

New SHARE research shows the poorest are suffering the most from inadequate sanitation as they are more exposed to human waste and are more susceptible to disease. The findings from the study of 10 low-income countries in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia have far-reaching implications for the better targeting of future sanitation investments.

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