Illicit trade in tobacco products undermines global tobacco prevention and control interventions, particularly with respect to tobacco tax policy. From a public health perspective, illicit trade…

Sheila Dutta |

  Sanitation Blocks in Charmanculo Poor sanitation is the all too familiar story in many expanding African cities and Mozambique’s capital city Maputo is no exception. In fact, over half of the…

Baghi rathan, Odete Duarte Muximpua |

This blogpost is part of a series of thematic blogs for the World Bank's Water Supply, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Poverty Diagnostic. Woman carries water containers near polluted stream…

Libbet Loughnan, Craig Kullmann |

Video still of a mine in southern Africa by Clifford Derrick

Ronald Upenyu Mutasa |

Photo credit: World Bank In previous blogs on Fecal Sludge Management (FSM), we outlined the lack of appropriate attention given to FSM as a formal urban sanitation solution and we presented new…

Isabel Blackett, Peter Hawkins |

A motorized tricycle fitted with a small tank provides desludging services in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. Photo credit: Kathy Eales / World Bank Our last blog outlined the neglect of Fecal Sludge…

Peter Hawkins, Isabel Blackett |

Image by Arne Hoel / World Bank 2015 More than 3, 500 people, including Presidents and Prime Ministers, have gathered in Bali this week for the fourth International Conference on Family Planning…

Michele Gragnolati |

photo: Dominic Chavez / World Bank 2015 We trudge past the towering mosque, past where the girls had skipped rope, past a trash heap piled high with cars. We step over a sewage trough, amble down…

Melanie Mayhew |

Photo credit: Dominic Chavez/World Bank Exactly one year ago, I received an unexpected call from my manager just as I was finishing a week of paternity leave following the birth of my daughter.   …

Shunsuke Mabuchi |

This week at the Third International Financing for Development Conference in Addis Ababa, we’ve seen the birth of a new era in global health financing.   The World Bank Group, together with our…