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November 19th is when the UN celebrates the invention of the toilet. Those who are fortunate enough to have access to one, spend more than a year of their lives on it, yet millions of people worldwide cannot use one and many have never even seen one. Although the toilet’s design has not changed much since 1775 when it was invented, a new innovation may change that. A toilet can be designed to look exactly like conventional toilets, but will have a concealed trap that diverts the urine, separating it from faeces, writes Christopher Buckley, Jenna Senecal and Prithvi Simha for The Conversation. Did someone say “you’re shitting me?”

  • A Deputy Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s office, Joseph Kakunda has said that the government needs over U.S.$285 million to build 276,198 toilets in primary and secondary … Read more »

  • The National Bureau of Statistics in 2016 found that 16% to 19% of the Tanzanian population has access to quality toilets. Currently over five million people continue to use … Read more »

  • Governor Mike Sonko has scrapped all fees paid at the facilities with immediate effect. City Hall receives approximately U.S.$60,000 every year from public toilet contractors. Read more »

  • About 600 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa don’t have access to proper sanitation – but there are solutions. Smart ones. And they have some innovative designs to overcome the … Read more »

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