The world’s lack of interest in sanitation is deep-rooted and the problem with that is highly visible in developing countries where many people have little to no access to adequate options. To give you an idea of just how many people suffer from this neglect, here are some figures:
2.5 billion people lack access to improved sanitation
1 billion Still practice open defecation
Only 64% of the world has access to improved sanitation
Without access to sanitation, entire communities are exposed to water-borne illnesses ranging from diarrhea to cholera, along with a host of other health concerns like malnutrition. But it doesn’t stop there.
Across the world, women and girls without access to clean and dignified sanitation options live in fear of poorly kept, overcrowded and potentially dangerous public toilets. Across the world, boys and girls miss school because they have fallen sick or don’t want to risk the humiliation of going to a school that has no toilet.
And yet the world is too scared to talk about it or do anything. But for every minute we wait, one child dies of water-related disease. So we’re done waiting. The time is now!
Asepsis strives to redefine the development narrative by working with organizations around the world to develop innovative, sustainable, and human-centered approaches to sanitation. We do this in two ways:
- Raising Awareness: Many organizations around the world are working on the front lines of the sanitation crisis. Their innovative solutions and close ties to the communities they work with have brought dramatic change in the livelihoods of so many. However, many of these organizations lack the support they need to make a bigger difference. Asepsis wants to close this gap. Therefore, we create targeted campaigns to raise the capital these organizations need to succeed. Through our events and dense network of organizations, universities, and individuals, we are able to rally crucial support for groups that are doing amazing work!
- Creating Solutions: Asepsis brings together the best minds from various backgrounds to tackle some of the most pressing problems in sanitation. Sanitation has long been one of the most neglected fields in the development world, but is fundamental for any sort of long-lasting change. Therefore our models are human-centered and innovative, using the newest ideas from industry experts and organizations around the world.