Hi-tech toilets save lives – and mean big business

By Matthew WallBusiness reporter, BBC News

Men washing in a toilet at a railway station in New Delhi

Toilet break: The UN estimates the Millennium Development Goal for sanitation could save $66bn [£41bn]

In a world where 2.5 billion people still do not have access to basic sanitation facilities, and 1.5 million children die each year from preventable diseases as a result, there is a pressing need to find sustainable solutions to this most ancient of human problems.

But this isn’t just a humanitarian issue – it is also about hard-headed economics.

“The United Nations estimates that achieving the Millennium Development Goal for sanitation could save us $66bn [£41bn] in time, productivity, averted illness and death,” says Sanjay Bhatnagar, chief executive of WaterHealth International, a provider of water purification centres to developing economies.

“Every dollar spent on improving sanitation generates nine times the amount in economic benefit.”

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