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Campaign to provide safe toilets to Bangladesh

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: March 27, 2013

 

I've written more humorous stories about toilets than I ought to admit. Toilets with seat warmers. Toilets that can flush a dozen golf balls. Toilets more elegant than my car.

But when it comes to the topic of people with no toiilets, there's nothing funny about it.

Almost half the world's population lacks safe sanitation facilities, resulting in 2,000 deaths every single day. Most of them are children.

2,000. Every single day.

Toilet manufacturer American Standard is trying to change that. Responding to a challenge from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundations, its engineers have developed a cost-effective latrine pan that reduces disease transmission by closing off pit latrines from the open air. It's called the SaTo, short for Safe Toilet.

The company has committed to donating hundreds of thousands of the devices to Bangladesh this year, one for each of its Champion toilets sold in the United States and Canada.

American Standard will also make a donation for every 100 likes or shares on its new Flush for Good Facebook page.

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