Toilet tech proves that where there’s muck there’s brass | Source: by Gabriella Mulligan, BBC News, Jan 26 2016.
Nearly a third of the world’s population still has no access to safe, hygienic sanitation. This means they have to go the toilet out in the open – in the bush, fields or forests.
This leads to about 700,000 deaths each year from related diseases, says the World Bank, and stops children getting a proper education.
“Sanitation lies at the root of many other development challenges, as poor sanitation impacts public health, education, and the environment,” says Jyoti Shukla, senior manager of the World Bank’s Water and Sanitation Program (WSP).
So what are the technology innovations helping to address this issue, and is the private sector better placed than the public sector to implement these solutions?
One of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals is to make universal access to safe sanitation and water a reality by 2030.
“The stakes are high: stunting and malnutrition are directly related to poor sanitation; quality of learning and productivity is affected by sanitation; and dignity and empowerment of women and girls is influenced by how we deliver sanitation,” says Ms Shukla.
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