Let’s Reinvent the Toilet

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  1. Vyom

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    Greetings from the AfricaSan3 Conference in Kigali, Rwanda. I am thrilled to be one of the first to share the details of the foundation’s new sanitation-focused strategy, which Sylvia Mathews Burwell, President of our Global Development program, announced in her keynote address this morning.
    As Sylvia noted in her speech, the sanitation revolution has done more to save lives and improve health than any public health intervention in the past 200 years. But the flush toilet has only reached one-third of the world’s population. Clearly, we need to encourage new ideas and new approaches to accelerate safe and affordable access to sanitation for everyone.

    That is why the foundation has today announced $41.5 million in new program investments and a new program strategy.

    Some of these funds will be used to spur innovation in sanitation science and technology, which includes the capture and storage of human waste, as well as its processing into reusable energy, fertilizer, and fresh water. To learn more about some exciting “Toilet 2.0” concepts, check out our Grand Challenges Explorations and Reinventing the Toilet Challenge fact sheets.

    We recognize, however, that we can also do more with existing solutions. As Rose George emphasized last week, progress is being made on community-led efforts to end open defecation. So we are supporting initiatives to improve and scale-up these successful approaches.

    Finally, we need to support creative new approaches to policy and advocacy that take an unapologetically direct approach to poop and the huge pile of problems that it creates. We hope that the video we have created for our launch helps to break the silence of the “last taboo.” Enjoy!

    Let’s Reinvent the Toilet

    (This is a project of Bill & Mellinda Gates Foundation. For the video, visit the site.)
     
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    The man who revolutionized the personal computer is putting his efforts — and foundation — to revolutionizing toilets. Microsoft founder Bill Gates said he will dedicate $42 million towards reinventing the toilet.

    Water hygiene and safe waste disposal are two of the biggest causes of infant mortality in the developing countries. Gates and his foundation hope to create inexpensive toilets to vastly improve the living conditions of millions of people. It may seem like a silly subject but it’s one that could save lives around the world.

    “No innovation in the past 200 years has done more to save lives and improve health than the sanitation revolution triggered by invention of the toilet,” said Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the president of the Global Development Program at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. “But it did not go far enough. It only reached one-third of the world. What we need are new approaches. New ideas.”

    The initiative was launched by Burwell on Tuesday in Kigali, Rwanda.

    Part of the foundation’s plan is the Reinventing the Toilet Challenge, which funds research at eight universities around the world to develop a toilet that will turn waste into energy, clean water or nutrients. The solution must be a stand-alone unit without piped-in water, a sewer connection or outside electricity. The foundation partnered with USAID to fix water sanitation as part of the UN’s 2015 Millennium Development Goals.

    Today, 40% of the world’s population does not have access to flush toilets. One billion people defecate in the open. Each year, 1.5 million children die each year from diarrhea, many of which are preventable with improved sanitation.

    The foundation is prioritizing convenience and affordability in the solutions it considers. The toilets must be easy to install and cost no more than $0.05 a day to maintain.

    Bill Gates To Reinvent The Toilet
     
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    Good for Gates foundation. Their programs are really helpful in the livelihood. However, Gates recognizes the prevalence of toilet troubles. According to CNN, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are challenging the best and brightest minds to “reinvent the toilet”. World cleanliness problems and problems treating human waste in the Third World made reinventing the toilet a priority. I found this here: Bill Gates challenges bright minds to reinvent the toilet.
     
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    Good for Gates foundation. Their programs are really helpful in the livelihood. However, Gates recognizes the prevalence of toilet troubles. According to CNN, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are challenging the best and brightest minds to “reinvent the toilet”. World cleanliness problems and problems treating human waste in the Third World made reinventing the toilet a priority. I found this here: Bill Gates challenges bright minds to reinvent the toilet.
     
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    It is not merely a philanthropic idea, it is also a carefully thought of business plan.
     

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