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Welcome Back Congress, Can I Get You a Glass of Safe Water?

Written by Robyn Fischer

The second week of September was “back to school” time for members of Congress. They arrived on the steps of Congress with their new backpacks, sack lunches, and a slew of legislation to get through before the Lame Duck session.

Written On Monday, September 15 2014 14:31

Water Is Just the Beginning; Toilets Are Not Just the End

Written by Robyn Fischer

Why is it that many children in the developed world don't get sick from drinking water? Is there something in the water? Or is it actually what's not in the water?

Written On Monday, July 21 2014 15:40

Mother Nature Always Wins: My #WaterStory

Written by Lisa Schechtman

Before I entered the fray of Washington, I lived in Colorado. It was an amazing life, one in which I was surrounded by awe-inspiring beauty, and humbled by Mother Nature herself. As I approach another World Water Day in my new world, absent of mountains but full of a lot that is equally meaningful, I'm joining WaterAid supporters across the country in reflecting on an everyday moment when I was reminded of how important water really is. That moment came high in the mountains of the western slope of the Continental Divide, near Vail, Colorado.

Written On Friday, March 21 2014 10:14

50 Days of Action for Women and Girls: Making advocacy count

Written by Lisa Schechtman

One thing I love about my job is that no two days are the same.  “Policy and advocacy” means lots of things: listening, persuading, recommending a course of action and—perhaps most importantly—giving a voice to people who haven’t been given the opportunity to speak up for themselves. Advocacy happens when someone engages in dialogue about an issue they care about—and I care about making water and sanitation a reality for people in every corner of the globe.

Written On Tuesday, May 14 2013 12:12

In Service to Women’s Health This World Water Day, and Every Day

Written by Lisa Schechtman

Water is a women’s issue.

It’s an important adage, one that highlights how we expect governments to prioritize investments in safe drinking water, sanitation, hygiene (WASH), and water resource management. It links to the theme of this year’s World Water Day, too.

Written On Thursday, March 21 2013 12:28

To Get From Neglected to Eradicated Will Take A Little WASH

Written by Lisa Schechtman

Ever heard of NTDs? They are the 17 neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) whose infamous members include trachoma, onchocerciasis, schistosomiasis, and soil transmitted helminths (STH) or worms.

Written On Thursday, February 28 2013 11:51

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

Written by Lisa Schechtman

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.

Written On Monday, September 10 2012 12:24

Everyone Poops: The Risks of Being Polite

Written by Lisa Schechtman

When you work on global health policy, it’s hard to avoid topics that push the boundaries of “polite” conversation. Lots of things about our bodies are considered private, even embarrassing. Poop is a good example.

Written On Monday, July 16 2012 17:20

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

Written by Lisa Schechtman

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 and hygiene (WASH) will play a critical role.

Written On Wednesday, June 06 2012 11:41

This Week’s Opportunity to Save Lives: The Sanitation and Water for All Partnership

Written by Lisa Schechtman

What if I were to tell you that, this week, the United States government has the chance to contribute to saving the lives of at least 400,000 children by the year 2015?

Written On Thursday, April 19 2012 12:27
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