The messages remind Tony Blair that to make poverty history, some of the promised aid must be focused on providing clean water and sanitary systems to stop the waste of time and lives lost to the most preventable of illnesses. Water Aid used its own star power with Feliciano dos Santos, a member of one of Mozambique's biggest bands Massukos, leading the presentation of the unusual communiquÃ© to number 10 Downing Street. In his day job, dos Santos is head of the public health NGO Estamos ("We are" in translation), working to implement the use of safe composting toilets in Mozambique.
Tracking the messages which came out of the G8 to see if this meeting would focus on this issue, Stephen Turner of Water Aid took special note of reports that US President Bush was "struck by the fact that lack of toilets keeps girls out of school." Maybe your treehugger deed for the day is to tune in to Water Aid and see what you can do to help.