Wednesday 21 November 2018

Bill Gates uses unusual prop to launch toilet technology exhibition

Hundreds of thousands of children die every year because of diarrhoea.

Visitors look at a model of a self-contained toilet at the Reinvented Toilet Expo in Beijing (Mark Schiefelbein/AP)
Visitors look at a model of a self-contained toilet at the Reinvented Toilet Expo in Beijing (Mark Schiefelbein/AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates has kicked off a Reinvented Toilet Expo in China by using a jar of human faeces as a sidekick.

The former chief executive of software giant Microsoft said on Tuesday that the technologies on display at the three-day expo in Beijing represent the most significant advances in sanitation in nearly 200 years.

More than 20 companies and academic institutions are exhibiting new toilet technologies, from self-contained toilets to a small-scale, self-powered waste treatment plant.

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Bill Gates speaks as a jar of human faeces sits on a podium (Mark Schiefelbein/AP)

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has spent more than 200 million US dollars since 2011 to stimulate research and development of safe sanitation technology.

Unicef estimates that 480,000 children under five die every year from diarrhoea, often caused by sewage-contaminated food or drinking water.

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