Attorneys said that 250 children are locked in a Customs and Border Protection station near El Paso without proper food, water and sanitation.
The real beauty of the reverse wash system was how it magically turned my dried-out strands into soft-as-silk hair that managed to feel light and clean, too.
As a society today, we speak only of our successes, putting taboos on our failures, by refusing to acknowledge that they happen out of pride and shame. But by refusing to look at these failures, we limit the capacity to change and develop ideas, which, with minor adjustments, may shift the functionality of the program and in doing so, change lives.
Let's face it, no one's skin is perfect all the time.
Humans love options, and having a preference is in our nature. So why wouldn't it be the same when it comes to faucets and toilets? In our work across nine countries around the world providing access to safe water and sanitation, our team at Water For People knows that innovation is key and one solution does not fit all.
The ripple effect of WASH cannot be overstated and it cannot be overlooked. As September approaches, the clock is ticking down not only to the MDG deadline, but also to the opportunity to ensure that the SDGs set us up to make as big of an impact on poverty reduction as possible.
When we first started working in the WASH sector in Zambia, we were using mobile phones and cloud-based data aggregation to engage government workers. We worked through community volunteers and district environmental health technicians. Little did we know, we had only scratched the surface.
Now, with the quakes disrupting the wheat harvest and maize planting season, and with assets, infrastructure and markets destroyed, the challenge ahead is to provide immediate relief while staying the course for long-term improvements.
Universal WASH coverage cannot be achieved without considering services in a context of environmental sustainability. The consequences of poor water and sanitation management will only lead to social, economic and political issues further down the line.
It is evident that WASH interventions have a multiplier effect and positively impact other health issues and development goals. As the window to achieve the MDGs comes to a close this year and we grow closer to confirming the goals and targets that will shape the next 15 years, we must emphasize the important synergies between WASH and the control and elimination of NTDs.
What does the water in your glass have to do with the health of mothers and babies around the globe? Quite a lot actually. Without access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation -- like safe toilet facilities -- women face dangerous health risks in pregnancy, during childbirth and in the postpartum period.
It was at that moment that something clicked for me. These water businesses could do so much more than just increase access to clean water; they could provide opportunities for an often marginalized group in northern Ghana -- women -- in an area where they were already experts.
In the case of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the Mambwe primary school is evidence of the latest paradigm: Improving student achievement in schools and respective literacy tests depends on having a "safe environment" in the school, including water and sanitation.
Why does hunger persist in a world of plenty? In a world that has made so much progress in achieving many of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), cutting extreme poverty in half by 2010, why has it not yet cut hunger in half?
Water is life, and sanitation and hygiene are the basis of health. Yet worldwide, 748 million people don't have access to safe drinking water and 2.5 billion people don't have basic sanitation. Each MDG can be advanced by greater inclusion of proper WASH practices, and there is more work to be done.