Video: eThekwini in Durban, South Africa brought water & sanitation to 1 million people

The Municipality of eThekwini, Durban, South Africa, won a UN-Water Best Practices award for best participatory, communication, awareness-raising and education practice with their initiative ‘A Participatory and Learning Based Approach to Raising Awareness on Water and Sanitation’. This video presents the different components of the initiative and explains what worked and what didn’t when trying to improve access to clean water and sanitation in the municipality.

Water: Our life, our future

Public health video & open defecation

Open defecation is featured (at around 00:42 seconds) in a great and informative public health video in the “Risk Bites” video series, which feature insights into risk and safety from Dr. Andrew Maynard and the University of Michigan Risk Science Center

Dr. Maynard also writes about the importance of our campaign:
Source: University of Michigan Risk Science Center

The unspoken but vitally important issue of open defecation

In preparing for the next Risk Bites video (out this week), I came across the website, and was so struck by both the importance of the message and the effectiveness with which it’s communicated, that I felt compelled to share it here.

Open defecation is when people have no option but to defecate outside, on the ground, in full view of other people. It’s a topic that we don’t really like talking about in most developed economies. But it’s at the root of a major global public health crisis.

According to – an initiative led by the United Nation’s Deputy Secretary-General’s call to action on sanitation – one billion people are forced to practice open defecation around the world. The diseases spread as a result include cholera, typhoid, hepatitis and diarrhea. The lives of millions of men, women and children are impacted s a result. It’s estimated that every two and a half minutes a child dies because of inadequate sanitation.

Please do check out the website ( – as well as highlighting an important issue, it’s a great example of smart risk communication.

And please do pass this on.

Thank you Dr. Maynard for helping us shed light on this important issue!

World Bank President promises to help India in cleaning the River Ganges


Source: IBN Live news

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim promised to help India in cleaning up the River Ganges. The remarks came after Kim met Prime Minister Modi yesterday and also discussed a host of issues. Kim has said that they will send their best team to India to work on the project.

Here is an excerpt from the interview:


CNBC-TV18: In terms of governments agreement to clean up the Ganga and there is an agreement with the World Bank which was in with the previous government, to actually take the project forward. It is a billion dollar agreement that the world bank has with the government. How confident do you feel about achieving the objective given the fact that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has put his weight behind the Ganga clean-up operation? Jim Yong Kim: You know the clean-up of the Ganga is important is so many ways. I actually went through the Ganga in Kanpur. We saw literally raw sewage being dumped into the Ganga and we also know that spirtually for the people the Ganga is so important. So very very top priority for us and we understand for the government as well, this is a hard project. It’s a huge project, but we have had great success in other areas where we have tackled problems of this size. Again if Prime Minister Modi wants this to be a top thing to work on together, then that’s what we will do. It is hard. We happen to have some of the the best water specialists in the world. We will bring our A+ team here and will do everything we can to help.

Mandela Day

For 67 years Nelson Mandela devoted his life to the service of humanity — as a human rights lawyer, a prisoner of conscience, an international peacemaker and the first democratically elected president of a free South Africa. Today we honor his legacy on Mandela Day!

Let’s also remember Mandela’s important role as an ambassador for safe water, sanitation and hygiene.

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Thank you to our partners the Water Supply & Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) for sharing the video and image with us.

Video: Success with Sanitation Business in Indonesia

Source: Water and Sanitation Program

This 4-min video overview of the sanitation business model in Indonesia illustrates a one-stop shop sanitation business model targeted at entrepreneurs and other stakeholders.

The video animation follows Mr. Budi, a sanitation entrepreneur who produces healthy toilet facilities at an affordable price. Mr. Budi’s experience highlights steps needed to become a successful sanitation entrepreneur, such as close cooperation with various stakeholders, as well as coordination from local health offices.

The video describes the sanitation business process in stages, from drawing a social map and identifying customers to receiving orders, creating a work plan and settling payments. As a sanitation entrepreneur, Mr. Budi is creating more jobs, supporting the community, and helping the government program improve access to sanitation.

Join the Call to Action on Sanitation

One-third of humanity—2.5 billion people—does not have access to a toilet or latrine. Over 1 billion people practice open defecation. Why does this matter in the fight against poverty & disease? Watch this new video featuring UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson to find out.

Share to help break the silence surrounding sanitation and open defecation.