Toilets are a basic necessity. But some 2.6 billion people don't have them. Every year, more than a million people die from sanitation related diseases. This week Latitudes looks at efforts to improve access to clean water and clean toilets around the globe. Also, we mark the 10-year anniversary of the US invasion of Afghanistan, and visit a Colombian gold mining community.

Latitudes is an hour-long series of programs that takes you into the lives of everyday people around the world. The stories are unexpected, rich in sound and riveting to hear -- they engage the intellect, the conscience and the imagination. They feature people who are finding constructive solutions to some of life's toughest challenges.

Latitudes features on-the-ground reporting by a vast international network of correspondents. We also train local reporters around the globe, who take us inside their communities.

Latitudes is a collaborative production of the Global News Partnership, WAMU (Washington, DC), and WUNC (North Carolina). Editorial partners include the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and the Christian Science Monitor.

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