It Doesn’t Have to Happen: Lessons From a Cholera Epidemic

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Charles Dickens wrote “I hope I have taken every available opportunity of showing the want of sanitary improvements in the neglected dwellings of the poor.” He couldn’t have been more spot on in his observations of the links between sanitation, poverty, rapid urbanization and population growth in the 19th century.

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Three Ways Water and Sanitation Contribute to Child Survival—and Three Ways To Help!

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Every year, more than seven million children worldwide die before they reach their fifth birthday. This month, the U.S. government will join the governments of India and Ethiopia to host a high-level international call to action that aims to reduce this figure by ending preventable child deaths. Here are three ways safe drinking water, sanitation […]

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Good News for Women This March, But A Call to Do More

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 It’s been a big month for water! Not only did the 56th Commission on the Status of Women focus on the needs of rural women and girls—where access to safe drinking water and improved sanitation can be a significant barrier to equity, empowerment, health and education—but we had huge news from the UN just last […]

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Dear Congress: Support Rural Women

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Imagine being a girl growing up in a village in sub-Saharan Africa. There’s a good chance there is no well in your village, and your nearest source of water is a river or a stream that is as many as three miles away over what might be rocky, isolated terrain. The water may not be […]

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Back to Basics: Water for the Poor

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Last month, I joined the international development community in celebrating the bipartisan introduction of the Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act of 2012 in the House of Representatives. It is needed and smart legislation in its own right, but it’s also a response to the need to improve USAID’s implementation of the Senator […]

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