Right now, there are 4.5 billion people worldwide who live without access to safe sanitation. And each year, 842,000 people around the world die from diarrheal disease and other diseases associated with unsafe water, inadequate sanitation, unsafe fecal sludge management and poor hygiene practices. On World Toilet Day, Population Services International (PSI) is proud to share a round-up of articles reporting on ways that we’re marrying private sector practices with public sector collaboration to create the business models that will best meet consumer needs, reach underserved populations, and encourage the adoption of healthy behaviors and practices that can help avoid these highly preventable diseases. (To see full articles, click on the links)

Toilets for All (PSI, May 2019) 

At the current funding rate, the World Bank predicts that it will take several hundred years to reach universal coverage of basic sanitation. Read to find out how PSI—along with Oxfam, another recommended charity of The Life You Can Save—is moving beyond business-as-usual to disrupt the sanitation funding conundrum and reach Sustainable Development Goal 6: availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2030.

After the Flush (PSI, May 2019) 

In response to sanitation market breakdowns in India, PSI is using its expertise in social marketing and private-public sector collaboration to strengthen waste management systems and introduce better hygiene practices.

What It Takes to Get Sanitation Solutions to Market (PSI, August 2019) 

Every marketer, entrepreneur, or salesperson will tell you that a great product means nothing if it doesn’t work for the end-consumer. PSI thinks a lot about their end consumer – and when it comes to toilets, it’s no different. Read to find out what it takes to reach tens of thousands of Ethiopians with improved toilets.

120,000 tonnes of faecal sludge: why India needs a market for human waste (World Economic Forum, September 2019)

What happens after the flush? PSI has partnered with the World Economic Forum to answer that question in India, where they’re piloting a program to fill gaps in the sewer management system to reduce irregular and illegal dumping of waste.

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Population Services International (PSI) is a recommended charity of The Life You Can Save. PSI works to combat some of the greatest health threats to people living in extreme poverty—including lack of family planning, HIV/AIDS, and insufficient maternal care.

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