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Gates Foundation Blog Publishes Posts Addressing Sanitation Issues In China, India

In a post in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Doulaye Kone, a senior program officer for sanitation technologies and tools at the foundation, reports on the launch of “the first-ever country-specific Reinvent the Toilet Challenge in China,” writing, “The foundation has partnered with the University of Science and Technology Beijing (USTB) to call for proposals from China’s leading research institutions, non-profits and companies” for “a ‘next generation toilet’ that kills all pathogens, is self-contained, is affordable, and that people want to use” (8/23). In another post in the blog, Girindre Beeharry, director of the India Country office, overseeing the Gates Foundation’s global health and development activities in India, examines how access to safe and clean toilets can protect children in the country from deadly diseases, “especially diarrhea that drains the body of its nutrients” and leads to malnutrition (8/26).