In case you’ve avoided social media today, we’re in the midst of World Toilet Day. Yes, toilets have their own day. But seriously, let’s take a moment to pause and recognize that 2.4 billion people do not have adequate water, sanitation and hygiene around the world.
SPLASH’s approach to clean drinking water brings market-ready solutions to scale—using high quality, durable materials and proven local business models—for a sustainable solution that is locally appropriate.
PATH’s diarrheal disease work best highlighted by their “defeatDD” campaign addresses the causes of diarrheal disease and scales up solutions to fight it. In addition to working on ways to make water safer, PATH develops technologies to quickly diagnose the cause of diarrhea as well as vaccines for several of the root causes.
World Vision reaches one new person with clean water every 30 seconds. They work in solidarity with communities so that they take ownership in maintenance and repair of water points. Communities also work to establish the five points of WASH which integrates hand washing, proper disposal of waste and latrines.
Co-designed by MSR Global Health and PATH the SE200 Community Chlorine Maker is a soup-can sized device that uses only salt, water and a power source (even a 12 volt car battery) to produce in five minutes enough chlorine to treat up to up to 55 gallons (200 liters) of water and make it safe for drinking.
These are just a few examples of the water, sanitation and hygiene (or WASH) work stemming from our state. Take a moment today to sound off on World Toilet Day using the hashtag #WeCantWait.