translated from Spanish: Bill Gates presents new toilet that works without water

Beijing-founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates, presented in Beijing its commitment to deal with the global crisis of sanitation: a toilet that does not require water or connect to any system’s depur ation to operate and that transforms human waste into fertilizer. The billionaire showed this new model to the public in an exhibition being held in Beijing to show the latest technological advances in sanitation to “reinvent the toilets” and accelerate adoption and commercialization. 

Bill Gates. Photo: AP this exhibition presents for the first time technology and sanitation products radically decentralized new and ready to be marketed, said Gates in a statement reported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. 

In this context, the founder of Microsoft presented its proposal of toilet, whose use can universalize because it does not need to connect to no sanitation system, does not require water and transforms human feces into fertilizer. The rapid expansion of these new products and sanitation systems that do not need to connect to any network more poor, could drastically reduce the number of deaths and the impact of the lack of hygiene in the health of the population in the countries he added. Gates showed a jar full of feces during the presentation to explain human waste can cause diseases such as diarrhea and cholera, which already causes about 500,000 deaths of children under five each year worldwide, due to diseases derived from this lack of hygiene. In addition, he added, more than 200,000 million dollars (more than 175,000 million euros) are lost annually because healthcare costs and low productivity caused by the lack of adequate sanitation. 

The system presented by Bill Gates in Beijing. Photo: AP also participated in the exhibition, the President of the World Bank (WB), Jim Yong Kim, who noted that sanitation is a priority for your organization, that will ally itself with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to bring safe sanitary facilities to all parts of the world. 
Systems that can spread quickly and can provide a safe and sustainable sanitation communities are fundamental to the quality of life and the development of human capital, said the leader of the World Bank, cited in the statement. 

Foundation Bill and Melinda Gates, who has invested more than 200 million dollars (175 million euros) from 2011 to reinvent the toilets, promised during the meeting to invest another 200 million to achieve it. 

Bill Gates has invested 200 million pesos in toilets. Photo: AP according to recent UN data, 60% of the population world no account with adequate sanitation facilities and nearly 900 million people on the planet are forced to defecate in the open air because they have no access to a toilet. November 19 is celebrated the world toilet day, in order to raise awareness about the global sanitation crisis and promote measures to solve it, pursuant to the objectives of sustainable development, having as horizon the year 2030. For his part, the Chinese authorities undertook in 2015 the so-called “toilet revolution” to improve the facilities of these public services and improve the quality of life of the citizens, since some more traditional homes have no toilets own, so the public baths are essential for the population. In this note:

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