The sanitation crisis is a global health emergency and an issue that affects the developing world primarily. The World Health Organization estimates that 2.4 billion people lack access to proper toilets and use public spaces like fields and forests. A lack of sanitation leads to the spread of diseases and parasites, which are responsible for the deaths of more than half a million children every year.

Global Data on Sanitation

The problem is compounded by the fact that many people still defecate in public, which leads to contamination of water sources. WHO also estimates that about 1 in 10 people worldwide do not have access to a toilet at home; this number is even higher in developing countries such as Ethiopia, Kenya, and South Sudan, where many people must resort to open defecation because they cannot afford or find toilets. These situations make us aware of just how privileged we are to have access to clean water and sanitary facilities.

To provide better sanitation for these communities, there needs to be innovation in how we design and implement sanitation systems. It drives our passion for creating and providing solutions to communities facing these challenges. These inventions include new ways of collecting and storing fecal matter and new technologies for treating and disposing of human waste.

Child drinking water.

Importance of Sanitation

But before diving into the innovations we’ve developed, we have to ask ourselves, “Why is sanitation so important?” Hygiene and sanitation are important because they prevent the spread of waterborne diseases such as cholera and dysentery. Proper sanitation and hygiene also promote good health and reduce the burden of healthcare workers on handling preventable diseases. The United Nations estimates that up to seven hundred children under five years die from diarrhea and other diseases caused by poor sanitation. Good sanitation also means a healthy population, meaning more productivity.

Unfortunately, access to clean water is a huge issue, particularly in informal settlements commonly found in major cities. Research from United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) reports that inner-city and densely populated settlements are more at risk of waterborne diseases due to the lack of access to clean water. Although there are plenty of reasons for this crisis, the two main ones are poor infrastructure (with the local governments to blame) and a lack of a clear framework for addressing and managing global health issues.

Examples of Our Innovations in Sanitation

The KOHLER pour-flush Toilet

The bright side is that with hygiene-based innovations, we can easily manage. One such invention is the KOHLER pour-flush toilet. Its design is similar to the basic global toilet but uses less water. It’s particularly beneficial for those with limited access to water. The KOHLER pour-flush toilet is a great sanitation innovation because it preserves the dignity of those less privileged and provides better living conditions. Besides, it’s made for all people of all ages, accommodating even the elderly or those with mobility issues. It is easy to maintain and emits minimal to zero odor as the water trap acts as a seal. 

The SaniTap

In addition to the KOHLER pour-flush toilet, Business Connect also creates hope for impoverished communities, through the SaniTap. The SaniTap makes handwashing easier for communities with water scarcity. Water flows through the unique spout which allows for regulation and is easily accessible. The SaniTap has a net where you can conveniently keep soap and can hold up to three liters of water. This is enough for a family of five to wash their hands at least three times a day. Further, we work closely with community leaders and non-profit organizations in actualizing our purpose.

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According to the World Bank, approximately 16% of people living in informal settlements, lack access to proper sanitation facilities. More than half of these people live in urban areas. In fact, about 20 percent of people in cities globally live without toilets or latrines. This is a major concern for humanitarian organizations and governments across the globe. Even so, innovations in sanitation for both sanitation systems and products may move cities towards more sustainable solutions.

As a result, innovations in sanitation may make a difference for many of the world’s poor people.  Do you love to learn about efforts toward sanitation? Follow our social media pages to find out how you can get involved.

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