This year the theme of World Toilet Day focuses on making explicit the link between toilets and nutrition. Malnutrition is a multifaceted problem that involves more than availability and affordability of food. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), roughly 58 percent of diarrhea is associated with poor water, sanitation and hygiene. 

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Providing financing for household water and toilet facilities is still a relatively new concept, but it has the potential to help address the global water crisis by allowing households to spread these high up-front costs over time. Emerging evidence from the World Bank Water Global Practice’s Water and Sanitation Program (WSP) and is finding that water and sanitation microfinance can be one solution to increase access and reach hundreds of millions at the bottom of the economic pyramid.

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A new study, recently carried out by the Water Global Practice’s Water and Sanitation Program, unlocks the potential of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) to improve Water and Sanitation Services in Africa. 

World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim and Sesame Street’s global health ambassador, Raya, celebrate Global Handwashing Day and remind everyone of the importance of handwashing with soap as an easy, effective, and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives.

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To mark the UN's launch of the Global Goals to end extreme poverty by 2030, the Global Citizen Festival gathered world leaders, musicians and over 60,000 attendees in Central Park for an evening of music, entertainment and valuable discussions. Check out our collection of the day's events.


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YouTube: Global Citizen Festival 2015

Featured Initiatives

Scaling Up Rural Sanitation
Supporting governments and private sector to implement sanitation programs at scale.
Economics of Sanitation (ESI)
Study estimates billions of dollars in losses from poor sanitation.
Domestic Private Sector Participation
Assisting domestic private sector participants to help increase access to water and sanitation services, especially for the poor.

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