Getting to know PSI’s market-based sanitation work in India: Part 3 – The supply-and-demand see-saw

a Sales Representative (SR) doing a sales call with the target audience in a village. In this case, the woman is also the client of a Micro Finance Institution. (Credit: Kiran Thejaswi/PSI)

Dr. Desmond Chavasse, the Senior Vice President of Malaria and Child Survival for PSI’s programs, recently traveled to Bihar, India to gain a deep understanding of PSI’s largest sanitation program, 3SI: Supporting Sustainable Sanitation, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Below is part three of a three-part travel journal of his experience. (Read Part 1 and Part 2)

Getting to know PSI’s market-based sanitation work in India: Part 2 – Breaking the cycle of broken promises

Model toilets built by PSI's 3SI program on the premises of one of a Turnkey Service Provider. (Credit: Kiran Thejaswi/PSI)

Dr. Desmond Chavasse, the Senior Vice President of Malaria and Child Survival for PSI’s programs, recently traveled to Bihar, India to gain a deep understanding of PSI’s largest sanitation program, 3SI: Supporting Sustainable Sanitation, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Below is part two of a three-part travel journal of his experience. 

Getting to know PSI’s market-based sanitation work in India: Part 1 – Beyond rocket science

Dr. Desmond Chavasse (far right), visiting with PSI's 3SI program to support sustainable sanitation in India.

It is remarkable that while India routinely launches satellites into space, half of its population (600 million) does not have access to a toilet. If the Indian state of Bihar were a country, it would have the 14th highest population in the world and yet only 18 percent of its households have a toilet.

Are water, sanitation, and hygiene projects one of the Best Buys for Global Health?

Half the hospital beds in developing countries are filled with people suffering from diseases caused by poor water, sanitation and hygiene. So are water, sanitation, and hygiene projects a “Best Buy for Global Health?” You’ll have to tune in tomorrow from 3-5 p.m. to find out!

TOMS is turning coffee into clean water

TOMS is launching into the coffee market. Announced at South by Southwest, TOMS Roasting Co. offers six varieties of coffee, and they are advertising that each bag will deliver a week’s worth of clean water for one person. In planned TOMS cafés, one cup of coffee will be advertised to provide one day of clean water for one person.

Reflections from Unclogging the Blockages: Day 2

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After a long day of presentations and discussions to better understand the current situation and learn from each other’s experience in markets for sanitation, the second day of PSI’s recent sanitation conference took on an entirely different mood: it’s time to think outside the box, be innovative and apply the lessons we’ve learned to addressing the key blockages.

#Unclogit Day 1: Understanding the Blockages

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With nearly 170 participants registered, 21 countries represented, countless organizations and specialties and the loud buzz of excited conversation, the first ever Unclogging the Blockages in Sanitation workshop in Kampala got off to a great start. Day 1′s goal was to Understand the Blockages: an entire day dedicated to informing participants of the challenges faced within the sanitation sector.