Lixil developed healthy latrine for just a few dollars

Tinuku - Household products firm Lixil has developed a latrine that sells for just a few dollars and features a self-sealing trapdoor to keep out disease-spreading insects, and seal in unpleasant odours. Japan local firm is hoping a much more basic model can help solve deadly sanitation problems in developing countries.

More than two billion people around the world do not have access to basic sanitation facilities, and children are especially susceptible to diseases that can spread without hygienic toilets. Now it is forming an unusual partnership with the U.N.'s children's agency UNICEF, which will help promote the company's SATO toilet in the hope of saving lives in developing countries.

Tinuku Lixil developed healthy latrine for just a few dollars

About 2.3 billion people worldwide do not have access to basic sanitation facilities, including 892 million people who have no choice but to defecate in the open, according to UNICEF. Under the partnership, UNICEF will promote the SATO toilets in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Tanzania, Lixil president Kinya Seto said, with the aim of helping 250 million people gain access to an adequate toilet by 2021.

"This takes away people's dignity, it renders them vulnerable to life-threatening diseases.In fact, each and every day, dirty water, poor sanitation and poor hygiene results in the death of around 800 children under the age of five. That translates into two children every minute," UNICEF deputy executive director Shanelle Hall said

Lixil has already sold around 1.8 million SATO toilets in 15 countries since releasing the product in 2013. But Seto said it hoped to expand further and capitalise on UNICEF, "which has credibility and a network around the globe that we don't have,... to give children access to toilets."

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