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2012-02-13 08:00:00

For years, the United Nations, World Health Organization and other noted groups that are working to eradicate death and illness due to lack of sanitation have been spreading the word about these and other horrific statistics: about every 15 seconds a child dies from a waterborne-related disease; over 40 percent of the world´s population (2.6 billion people) does not have access to toilets; safe drinking water is unavailable to 1.1 billion people. In fact, the global sanitation crisis is...

2011-07-19 07:30:00

New Strategy Promotes Adoption of Safe, Affordable Sanitation in the Developing World KIGALI, Rwanda, July 19, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation today announced the launch of a strategy to help bring safe, clean, sanitation services to millions of poor people in the developing world. In a keynote address at the 2011 AfricaSan Conference in Kigali, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, president of the foundation's Global Development Program, called on donors,...

2010-11-07 00:15:24

The World Toilet Summit is a crucial event that brings together brilliant professionals from various industries in an effort to escalate the solution to the global sanitation crisis. October 31 marks the first time this life-critical event has taken place in the United States. Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) November 5, 2010 The International Code Council World Toilet Summit 2010 (WTS) officially kicked off on October 31 with a welcoming reception at the National Constitution Center hosting a...

2010-10-26 00:01:44

The global sanitation crisis affects 2.6 billion people around the world who do not have access to proper sanitation. The first ever U.S. ICC World Toilet Summit 2010, to be held in Philadelphia October 31 "“ November 3, will reveal innovative designs, huge business opportunities, and other fascinating solutions the world's thought leaders have initiated. The International Breakfast on November 1 will kick off the activities that will demonstrate how commerce and altruism truly can...

2010-04-22 15:09:00

Countries with the greatest unmet sanitation and water needs most often receive little or no aid WASHINGTON, April 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Between 1997 and 2008, aid commitments for sanitation and water fell from 8% of total development aid to 5%, lower than commitments for health, education, transport, energy and agriculture, according to the latest UN-Water Global Annual Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking-Water (GLAAS) report, launched yesterday by UN-Water and the World Health...

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2010-04-14 14:11:18

UNU-INWEH report offers 9-point prescription for achieving Millennium Development Goal for sanitation by 2015 Far more people in India have access to a cell phone than to a toilet and improved sanitation, according to UN experts who published today a 9-point prescription for achieving the world's Millennium Development Goal (MDG) for sanitation by 2015. They also urge the world community to set a new target beyond the MDG (which calls for a 50 percent improvement in access to adequate...

2010-03-15 10:49:00

Open defecation - the riskiest sanitation practice - is on the decline worldwide GENEVA and NEW YORK, March 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With 87 percent of the world's population or approximately 5.9 billion people using safe drinking-water sources, the world is on track to meet or even exceed the drinking-water target of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), according to the new WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) report titled: "Progress on Sanitation and Drinking - Water:...

2009-09-25 13:46:00

NEW YORK, Sept. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Open defecation and flying toilet still remain the predominant methods of human waste disposal in urban slums, a situation that offers great planning, health and socioeconomic challenges to governments and development partners. Nearly a billion people lack access to safe drinking water and 2.5 billion people lack access to sanitation (half of whom must defecate in the open due to lack of infrastructure development). To combat this problem, Ecotact announced...

2006-09-05 14:07:12

By Laura MacInnis GENEVA (Reuters) - Without a massive rise in investment, the world will fail to deliver on a pledge to halve the percentage of people without access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation by 2015, two U.N. agencies said on Tuesday. Six years after the goal was set, 1.1 billion people are still without access to reliable drinking water and 2.6 billion lack reasonable sanitation, the U.N. Children's Fund (UNICEF) and World Health Organization (WHO) said in a...


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humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'