Bill Gates: 'India’s finally polio-free. Here’s why it matters.'

Jan 13th, 2014 1:11 PM UTC By Guest Blogger As of today, India has gone three years without a single case of wild poliovirus, which means it’s now officially “polio-free.” India’s achievement is one of the most impressive accomplishments in global health, ever.Five years ago, India was home to nearly half of the world’s new polio cases. At the time, if you asked any health expert, they would have said India would be the last place on earth to end polio. India’s population density and high birth rate (27 million ...

 

How a money-tracking tool is helping businesses grow in India

Women in Avadi, a suburb of the city of Chennai in southern India, try InVenture's phone-based accounting tool InSight. Photos courtesy of InVentureWhile growing up in northern India, Shivani Siroya says she encountered entrepreneurs on a regular basis. Now, she's helping them track their finances in order to ...

 

Is "Ambient Data" from Social Media Channels Useful for Funders?

Last week the Packard Foundation hosted a convening on “Data Informed Philanthropy,” an effort to explore and build digital systems that enable philanthropies to be truly data-informed.This term means having effective systems for collecting, analyzing, and making sense of datato inform and enable greater impact with funding.Here’s a ...

 

The Politics of Poo

Today is World Toilet Day. Worldwide, over 2.5 billion people do not have access to clean, functioning toilets – and over 1 billion people defecate in the open. More people have access to a cell phone than use a toilet.Here in Kinshasa we are launching the second phase ...

 

On World Toilet Day UN Women calls to increase access to basic sanitation

On World Toilet Day, UN Women is calling attention to the urgent need to increase access to toilets stressing that women are disproportionately affected by the lack of basic sanitation. This undermines their dignity and safety from sexual and gender-based violence.Armenian Women for Health and Healthy Environment supported ...

 

Looking Good and Doing Good

It appears the store with the red soles has a good soul, as well. Now on display at Christian Louboutin Design District, view photographer Hugo Tillman’s work where proceeds from the sales go toward the Grameen Foundation — an organization committed to freeing the world from abject poverty.

 

Woosh Water is reinventing the drinking fountain

Water conservation is a huge concern in Israel and the rest of the Middle East. An interesting startup in Israel called Woosh Water is helping conserve water and reduce plastic consumption by reinventing the public drinking fountain with a high-tech and networked solution. Woosh Water stations allow users ...

 

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