More than four billion people in the developing world lack access to adequate sanitation. The public health risk is profound: 760,000 children die each year from diseases related to poor sanitation. Globally, $260 billion is lost in diminished productivity and healthcare costs.
Millennium Development Goal 7(c), which aims to halve the number of people without sustainable access to sanitation by the end of 2015, will not be reached. It represents one of the greatest failures of the MDGs.
A lack of basic infrastructure makes the crisis particularly acute in urban slums, where populations will double to two billion in the next 15 years. In Kenya, where Sanergy has worked since 2011, eight million slum residents still have to resort to unhygienic and undignified sanitation solutions, such as “flying toilets” (defecating into ...more