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Rappler's latest stories on sanitation


Bali's miracle: Turning wine into hand sanitizer

Apr 16, 2020 - 3:50 PM

Staff at Bali's Udayana University turn the local fermented palm wine, locally known as arak, into hand sanitizers

ARAK. This handout photo from the Bali police shows a policeman and Udayana University researcher making hand sanitizer from donated palm wine, known locally as arak, in Denpasar. Handout photo/Bali police/AFP

WATCH: Here's how to make hand sanitizers

Mar 25, 2020 - 2:29 PM

This videographics produced by Agence France-Presse shows how to prepare a hand sanitizing solution following guidelines by the World Health Organization

HAND SANITIZERS. File photo of Ecuador's Health Minister personnel giving gel alcohol in Quito, on March 10, 2020. Photo by Rodrigo Buendia/AFP

Spirited response: Irish gin distillery turns hand to sanitizer

Mar 19, 2020 - 11:00 PM

Listoke Distillery in Ireland goes from producing gin to hand sanitizer, responding to the spike in demand triggered by the coronavirus pandemic

A bottle of newly produced and bottled hand sanitiser (L), and a bottle of Irish Gin are pictured at Listoke Distillery and Gin School in Tenure, north of Dublin in Ireland, on March 18, 2020. - The gin stills of the Listoke Distillery have been repurposed in the fight against the coronavirus, producing precious hand sanitiser currently in vanishingly short supply across Ireland. "Basically we're actually using the same ingredients -- so for all intents and purposes you could say it's a very, very strong gin," managing director and co-founder Bronagh Conlon told AFP. "We would absolutely not recommend anybody to drink it." (Photo by Paul Faith / AFP)

Rain barrels ease water woes in Marawi relocation site

May 27, 2018 - 4:35 PM

The Department of the Interior and Local Government is stepping in to provide a permanent solution to water problems in Marawi City's temporary shelters

Government gives rain barrels to Marawi families in temporary shelters to help ease water problems. Photo taken by Bobby Lagsa on May 22, 2018

Marawi family pays P100 for water daily in gov't relocation site

Apr 24, 2018 - 9:56 AM

The contractor at the Sagonsongan relocation site has been drilling for deep wells but so far can't find enough water. Alternatives are now being considered but it may take time.

Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Ensuring healthy lives, one clean bowl at a time

Jan 11, 2017 - 3:44 PM

Clean toilets mean healthier families Domex is educating health practitioners mothers and students on the importance of proper toilet sanitation

Water sanitation 'crucial' for new resettlement areas

Sep 11, 2016 - 1:45 PM

An aid group working on post Yolanda rehabilitation project says clean water sanitation is usually overlooked in disaster hit areas

CLEAN WATER. Residents in the island-village of Taloto-an enjoy clean water from the solar filtration system built by Iloilo CODE and Christian Aid. Photo by David Lozada/ Rappler

Filipina flight attendant fights for access to potable water

May 26, 2016 - 10:56 AM

Joana Bacallo a Filipino flight attendant in a Middle East based airlines makes it her mission to bring clean water to rural areas

WATER. A Filipino teen scoops water from a stream at a forested area of Antipolo city, east of Manila, Philippines, 23 February 2016. Photo by Francis R. Malasig/EPA

Rappler Talk: Joana Bacallo's crusade for clean water

May 24, 2016 - 5:30 PM

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Sanitary pads and sanitation can keep girls in school

May 20, 2016 - 1:07 PM

For many women and girls in developing countries menstruation increases their risk of infection and makes them vulnerable to bullying and teasing

Food poisoning: Girl dead, 26 sick after Negros Occidental party

Dec 21, 2015 - 10:27 PM

The victims suffer from bacterial infection after drinking coconut juice served at the party at a public school in Calatrava town

BUKO JUICE POISONING. A coconut juice served at a party caused bacterial infection on 27 people in Calatrava town in Negros Occidental.

PODCAST: Cebu’s HIV problem is also a drug problem

Nov 28, 2015 - 10:30 AM

Did you know that sharing needles and syringes contaminated with blood infected with HIV is the most effective way of transmitting the virus?

Climate change is also about health – United Nations

Nov 18, 2015 - 6:00 PM

Addressing climate change can help countries bring about a healthier population according to the World Health Organization

Barong-barong: State of poor man's housing

Nov 03, 2015 - 10:59 AM

With the Philippines being hailed as Asia s rising tiger it might be forgotten that some of its cubs are growing hungrier by the day

Happyland meal: Kaldereta a la pagpag

Apr 11, 2015 - 6:19 PM

One may wonder how much food goes to waste in a country where millions have nothing to eat?

MEAT OF THE MATTER. The supply of chicken meat is sourced from the neighborhood’s dumpsite. They are pagpag or leftovers from fast food chains.

No man is an island: Clean water for all Filipinos

Mar 23, 2015 - 3:12 PM

While having access to clean water is a luxury that many of us take for granted there are billions living in nations with no safe water infrastructure in place

Rappler’s #HungerProject story wins Water Warrior Award

Mar 17, 2015 - 3:53 PM

The recognition is part of the country s celebration of World Water Day

Girls, blood, sex: A hard look at menstruation

Feb 24, 2015 - 5:51 PM

Sex and pregnancy for some will always be a mystery only meant to be solved later on in life Or sometimes earlier but only by accident

700 portalets readied for papal visit

Jan 15, 2015 - 6:43 PM

A special portalet prepared for Pope Francis is air conditioned and bigger than regular ones

SANITATION. Hundreds of portalets will be stationed around public venues included in Pope Francis' itinerary in the Philippines. Photo by Raisa Serafica

India to check on toilet use in 'real time'

Dec 31, 2014 - 11:06 PM

Sanitary inspectors will go door to door to check and verify the use of toilets with mobile phones tablets or iPads and upload the results onto a website in real time

TOILET. An Indian man urinates on a wall in New Delhi on November 18, 2014, the eve of World Toilet Day. UNICEF estimates that nearly 50% of India's population defecate in the open, with the situation acute in dirt-poor rural areas. Photo by Chandan Khanna/AFP

Smelly, sticky, wet: Making it work in the dumps of Tondo

Dec 04, 2014 - 7:58 PM

It s ironic how something only meant to be a temporary housing site can have such lasting effects

Masbate's barangay folks lead sanitation efforts

Nov 19, 2014 - 1:23 PM

Find out how several communities on the island of Masbate changed a bad habit that threatened their health and the environment

Waves for water for northern Iloilo’s Yolanda survivors

Nov 12, 2014 - 9:15 AM

A year after Typhoon Yolanda there are still places in Western Visayas which have little or zero access to clean drinking water

WATER. Waves for Water, a community of international surfers, and local NGO Ambag give access to clean drinking water to survivors of typhoon Yolanda in northern Iloilo. Photos by Jesyl Gabrielle Gubatanga.

Home street home

Nov 01, 2014 - 9:10 AM

The number of Metro Manila’s street families increases by 139 in the past 3 years

Washing away old behavior after Yolanda

Oct 22, 2014 - 6:09 PM

I have been in this village for three decades but I never owned a toilet If we buy a latrine our family will be hungry for weeks

COST AND BENEFITS. Roselyn Tulfo  babysits her months old baby. “I have been in this village for three decades but I never had owned a toilet.  If we buy a latrine, our family will be hungry for weeks,” adds Roselyn Tulfo, 31, a mother of 5.

Water issues, lack of toilets plague Mayon evacuation centers

Oct 07, 2014 - 3:34 PM

Waiting for Mayon Volcano to erupt is becoming tougher on evacuees who have limited access to water and toilets

World Habitat Day: Help transform lives

Oct 06, 2014 - 5:14 PM

October 6 is World Habitat Day

Flooded village? We have that in Cambodia, too

Sep 30, 2014 - 11:20 AM

Rappler s interns from Cambodia write about the similarities between the Artex community in Malabon and the floating villages in the Tonle Sap river: We hope this documentary can inspire people to take action

Water, water everywhere: The irony of Artex

Sep 29, 2014 - 5:46 PM

The documentary takes us inside Artex its daily struggle with scarcity and filth and its subtle beauty – mostly found in its people s resilience and creativity

Yolanda-hit villages are first ‘Zero Open Defecation’ areas

Sep 27, 2014 - 2:31 PM

Western Leyte has areas with some of the highest rates of open defecation in the country even before Yolanda In the immediate aftermath of the super typhoon around 65 of areas in the region did not have access to toilets

ZERO DEFECATION.  Community members in Western Leyte help build low cost septic tank and toilets. Photo by Save the Children

INFOGRAPHIC: How breastfeeding at work should be

Sep 01, 2014 - 11:37 PM

Breastfeeding offers many benefits for both baby and mother but there might not be enough awareness or support given to lactating mothers

Sleeping above tombs and living among the dead

Aug 21, 2014 - 5:25 PM

None of the residents are afraid of the dead There are other things to be afraid of they say like the lack of means to continue living

HOME. A mother plays with her 4-year-old daughter and her young nephew. The tomb made of granite serves as their bed. All photos by Fritzie Rodriguez/

PH 'likely' to meet education, infant mortality MDGs

Aug 21, 2014 - 9:40 AM

But a year before the deadline the country is losing the fight to lessen maternal deaths

Danger in the floating villages of Cambodia

Aug 15, 2014 - 10:44 AM

In Cambodia s floating villages there s water everywhere but hardly a drop to drink

MARKETPLACE. Vendors of a floating shop row across the floating village of Pursat. All photos by Tep Chansophea/ Rappler

The search for healthier karinderyas

Aug 12, 2014 - 11:23 AM

An NGO is proposing to train karinderyas on nutrition and proper food preparation What do you think of this idea?

NUTRITION. Since many families rely on karinderyas for their daily meals, an NGO proposes to educate karinderya owners on nutrition. File photo by Rolex Dela Pena/EPA

Unraveling communities' 'stinky' secret after Yolanda

Aug 09, 2014 - 3:58 PM

Residents of a Leyte village faced with the problem of open defecation – made worse by typhoon Yolanda – get help from concerned groups

Living with no water or toilets in North Cotabato

Aug 06, 2014 - 6:07 PM

With water within their reach residents started building toilets This is a 180 degree turn from what they did before – open defecation

NO WATER. Many people take water for granted, but for some children in North, it becomes a luxury. Photo from ACF

'Food safety critical to PH future'

Jul 28, 2014 - 6:22 PM

Making sure food is safe is critical to our future

Housing Asia’s booming population

Jul 28, 2014 - 10:18 AM

Eradicating poverty will not happen without eliminating substandard housing

A thirsty world and the PH water problem

Jun 25, 2014 - 11:14 AM

Unsafe water kills more people than wars each year Have you ever thought of how many people lack access to toilets and safe drinking water?

UNSANITARY. For many poor households, there is only a blur line separating the spaces used for cooking and eating, bathing, and as toilets and garbage disposals. Photo by Fritzie Rodriguez/

UK issues dire warning on washing chicken

Jun 17, 2014 - 12:10 AM

Washing raw chicken can spread campylobacter bacteria the most common cause of food poisoning in Britain according to British authorities

WASHING CHICKEN. Washing raw chicken can spread campylobacter bacteria, the most common cause of food poisoning in Britain, according to British authorities. File photo by Hotli Simanjuntak/EPA

Malnutrition: A lack of food and good governance

May 22, 2014 - 8:15 PM

Lack of budget is an overused excuse health advocates protest The real problem lies with wrong prioritization

HEALTH FACILITIES. Lack of funding and staff are the usual problems experienced by health centers across the country. Rolex Dela Pena/EPA

When hunger is a daily battle

May 17, 2014 - 9:15 AM

A mother Mercy del Rosario realizes that she and her husband need to learn how to be good parents to save the lives of their malnourished children

HUNGRY HOME. The Del Rosario family has been struggling with hunger and poverty for over two decades. Putting food on their children's plates is an everyday battle for the parents. All photos by Fritzie Rodriguez/

[INFOGRAPHIC] Top killers: Diseases threatening undernourished children

Apr 18, 2014 - 3:45 PM

Undernourished children are at risk of dying from preventable diseases; they die because they are poor according to the Unicef

Lend a hand: Help kids reach their 5th birthday

Apr 05, 2014 - 5:20 PM

Not all children can make it to their 5th birthday The lack of access to basic needs such as food water and medicine lowers their chances of surviving

LEND A HAND. Help kids reach their 5th birthday, through good nutrition, proper hygiene, and education. Screengrab from World Vision's short film

Women, the sea, and food security

Apr 04, 2014 - 3:09 PM

The fishing industry is primarily dominated by men; however without women the industry will have a difficult time

FISHERWOMAN. Ka-Dolor is almost 70 years old and yet her heart, her life have and will always will be with the sea. All photos by Fritzie Rodriguez/

Malnutrition, the Pied Piper and the lost children

Mar 31, 2014 - 11:18 PM

World Vision encourages those who have the means to take many small steps to save more children s lives

PIED PIPER OF DISEASES. The world is losing millions of children worldwide to malnutrition and preventable diseases. Screengrab from World Vision's short animation "The Pied Piper: A modern fairy tale"

Reinventing the toilet

Oct 08, 2013 - 9:48 PM

A project aims to tap India s expertise in manufacturing to make toilets more accessible for the poor

PH faces water crisis - ADB

Mar 13, 2013 - 2:21 PM

A new study by the Asian Development Bank and the Asia Pacific Water Forum says 3 in 4 countries in the Asia Pacific face threats in water security

SEVERE FLOODING. A jeep is stranded in a flooded area in Quezon City. Photo by Maurits van Linder

Pneumonia, diarrhea are top killers of kids: Unicef

Jun 08, 2012 - 8:27 AM

Unicef says these two diseases kill more than 2 million children each year