A group of people hold a chlorine dispenser
March 22, 2012

This blog was originally posted on the Impatient Optimists blog of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for World Water Day.

Recently, UNICEF/WHO Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation (JMP) announced the exciting news that we have achieved one of the targets of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to reduce by half the number of people who don’t have sustainable access to safe drinking-water. But the 2012 JMP report added the important caveat that “it is likely that the number of people using safe water supplies has been over-estimated.” 


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February 28, 2012

The Government of Burundi have announced its latest control efforts to eliminate Neglected Tropical Diseases including schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminths. School-based deworming and schistosomiasis treatments will be delivered as part...

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February 19, 2012

Deworm the World and the Government of India launched their programme yesterday to deworm children, between the age of two - 17 years old, in Delhi, the Indian capital.

The programme follows on from a study which showed that 16% of...

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February 16, 2012

The Harvard Gazette profiles the scaling up of IPA's Chlorine Dispensers for Safe Water. An excerpt:

A year and a half ago, a pilot program to give rural families affordable water purification had issued 40 dispensers that served 6,000 people in Kenyan villages. Today, more than 400,000 people in Kenya and other countries have access to clean water based on this method.

The approach, which uses an inexpensive chlorine solution and a plastic dispenser that was custom made to distribute doses at communal water sources, was...

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February 01, 2012

The Government of the National Capital Territory, Delhi, India has announced plans for a mass deworming day to be held on February 21. The school-based deworming program, to be launched by the Delhi Government with technical assistance from DtW...

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January 26, 2012

Deworm the World was featured on January 27th, 2012 at a World Economic Forum event in Davos. This press conference highlighted key achievements of this Young Global Leader initiative and featured exciting new commitments from partners to improve the lives of millions of children through school-based deworming.

This is a thrilling new era for neglected tropical diseases, with Deworm the World and our global partners coming together on January 27th in Davos and Monday, January 30th at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation special event “Uniting to Combat Neglected Tropical...

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January 16, 2012

Abby Emdin, one of World Without Worms' cofounders, was chosen as one of the top finalists in Canada's Next Top Young Philanthropist Contest.

World Without Worms has received warm words of support for their efforts from Deworm the World...

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December 19, 2011

Merck Serono has announced that it will be doubling its annual donation of praziquantel tablets, the drug used to treat schistosomiasis, from 25 million to 50 million tablets. The donations will continue indefinitely until schistosomiasis has...

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December 01, 2011

IPA's New Haven-based Data Coordinator, Matt White, was featured in a video interview with the New Haven Register where he discusses his experience working with IPA's Urban Micro-Insurance Project in Kenya. 


Jua Kali is both a place and a type of freelance worker in Nairobi, Kenya, where White devoted a year of his life. It's where hundreds of poor metalworkers are helping White find out if new economics can solve some age-old problems.

“People are living in destitute poverty. You're stepping over streams of sewage, and kids are just running around,” says...

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November 27, 2011

Armed with data, an MIT lab offers fresh insight on some of the world's most vexing problems

IPA's partner organization, J-PAL, is featured in the Boston Globe highlighting IPA Research Affiliates Esther Duflo and Abhijit Banerjee. Paired with an interesting infographic, the article brings more attention to evidence-based development and research that has followed the publication of Duflo and Banerjee's Poor Economics.


It's no one's idea of an MIT laboratory: not a beaker or an oscilloscope in sight. But in a wood-paneled suite, on the third floor of a bland,...

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November 22, 2011

In a great post on Global Health Policy Nandini Oomman, director of the HIV/AIDS Monitor at the...

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November 21, 2011

From DevEx News: USAID's Chief Innovation Officer, Maura O'Neill, wrote an informative article on using innovation and systematic research to create sustainable development solutions, using IPA's Safe Water Program, specifically the Chlorine Dispenser project in Kenya, as an example.

Read the full text below or click here to open a window with the original article.

A few miles outside of Busia in Western Kenya, Carol Nekesa brings us out to a small village that is enjoying a regular supply of clean water for the first time. Next to the stream where the villagers regularly...

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November 21, 2011

At a time when parasitic worms are threatening school education goals worldwide by preventing children from attending classes, Nitish Kumar-led Bihar has become the first state in the country to host the world's largest de-worming project for...

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November 11, 2011

The first State-wide school-based de-worming programme which concluded recently in Bihar provides a model that can be rapidly scaled up in other States and sustained over time to improve the education, health and productivity of school children,...