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Tym Rourke serves as Director, Program Department and Substance Use Disorders Grantmaking at the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.
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With a population of 1.3 million, New Hampshire is often heralded as one of the healthiest states in the nation, and is ranked as one of the best states in the country to raise children by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Yet, when we look closer we see a more troubling story—particularly as it relates to issues of substance use.

New Hampshire has had some of the highest rates of Substance Use Disorders (SUD) in the Unites States for decades. Most recently, we were one of the first states to have overdose deaths outpace traffic fatalities, with deaths due to overdose tripling in the last five years. According to the 2012/2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, New Hampshire has the third highest rate of illicit drug use by youth aged 12 to 17; and ranks first in the U.S. for illicit drug use by 18 to 25 year olds. Aggravating these statistics is our incredibly limited treatment capacity, with less than 6 percent of those who need treatment actually able to get it. This "perfect storm" of high usage rates and low capacity to treat patients has resulted in unprecedented economic damage, with the state losing 3 percent of its Gross State Product to untreated addiction in 2013.

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Steve Hilton serves as Chairman, President & CEO of the Foundation. A shorter version of this article appeared as an opinion piece in The Seattle Times on March 28, 2015.

Steven M. Hilton Turkey 2015 blogLast month, I visited Turkey for the first time and was reminded that my grandfather, Conrad N. Hilton, was not only an extraordinarily successful businessman, but also a citizen diplomat and humanitarian whose motto was "world peace through trade and international travel." Sixty years ago the Hilton Istanbul Bosphorus became among the first of many Hilton International hotels. Conrad personally attended the hotel's opening in 1955 and observed in his memoirs that he hoped that the Istanbul Hilton would be "at this crossroads of the world—a friendly center where men of many nations and of good will may speak the language of peace."

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Joseph Ampadu-Boakye, Market Development and Partnerships, Safe Water Network-Ghana.
 Blogging from Ghana from the Beyond the Pipe forum, an annual event that convenes leadership from the public and private sectors, development agencies, and the NGO community to develop concrete actions to advance community water supply.
Safe Water Network guest blog Photo 2Customers at a Safe Water Station in Dzemini, Ghana

 March 22, 2015 is the last World Water Day under the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which end this year. The MDGs set an ambitious target of halving the number of people without access to water—and to the credit of the global community, the overall target was achieved. However, over the past decade the limitations of the MDGs have become increasingly apparent, notably their focus on outputs—namely the number of water points constructed, with little attention to the quality of either the water provided or the sustainability of the service. March 22, 2016 will be the first World Water Day under the Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs), which are being structured to address the shortcomings of the MDGs.

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation has been funding the water sector in sub-Saharan Africa for twenty-five years. However, the Foundation is more than just a funder. They have played a leadership role in bringing attention to the need to provide access to safe water on a sustainable basis. More recently, this has included support for market-based approaches, which is where our paths intersect.

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