UNITED NATIONS, MediaGlobal News—On Sept. 25, the Flush for Good: Affordable, Aspirational Sanitation Commitment to Action, was launched at the Clinton Global Initiative with partners such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation,American Standards Brand, BRAC (formerly Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee), International Development Enterprises (iDE), and WaterAid.
The official Commitment to Action pledged to improve sanitation quality for the 2.5 billion people in developing countries that still live without basic sanitation access. Poor sanitation is the primary killer of children under 5, and every 20 seconds, a child dies as a result of poor sanitation, according to recent UN Water statistics.
American Standards Brand pledged to improve sanitation for 3 million people around the world from 2014 to 2017, such as being key in the development, manufacturing, and distribution of improved and affordable sanitation products, such as its SaTo latrine pan, which incorporates a hygienic water seal through a counterweighted trap door. Partners BRAC and WaterAid will help to distribute 500,000 latrines over the next two years in rural Bangladesh, reaching 2.5 million people.
Millennium Development Goal 7 aims to halve the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation, and over the last 20 years, more than 240,000 people a day gained access to better sanitation facilities.
One of the Flush For Good partners, Tim Prewitt, CEO of iDE, sat down with MediaGlobal News during the Clinton Global Initiative to discuss the importance of toilet sanitation and iDE’s pledge to inaugurate latrine access to 1 million people in least developed countries Nepal, Cambodia, and Bangladesh.
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