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Poop in hand, Bill Gates backs China's toilet revolution

AFP  |  Beijing 

As one of the world's richest men and most active philanthropists, usually has his hands full. Just not with poop.

So it came as a surprise when the of brandished a jar of human at a forum on the future of the in on Tuesday.

The stunt was an effort to draw attention to a problem affecting developing countries around the world: not enough toilets.

"In places without you have got way more than that," Gates said, pointing to the feces inside the clear canister resting on a table.

"And that's what kids when they are out playing, they are being exposed to all the time, and that's why we connect this not just with quality of life, but with disease and death and with malnutrition," he told attendees.

The billionaire has used part of his considerable fortune to provide clean, comfortable facilities to the nearly half of the world's population that suffers without.

"When you think of things that are basic right up there with health and enough to eat, you think that having a reasonable certainly belongs on that list," Gates said.

Gates has previously used shock tactics to draw attention to his disease-battling efforts.

In 2009, he loosed mosquitoes at a Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED) Conference in to make a point about the deadly sting of malaria - waiting a minute or so before assuring the audience the liberated insects were disease-free.

Gates was in on Tuesday for the "Reinvented Expo", a forum hosted by the showcasing various cutting edge in lieu of sewers, making them easier and cheaper to install the devices.

The world's number two economy is in the midst of a drive to improve its notoriously malodorous bathrooms, a campaign has dubbed the "toilet revolution." "has made great progress in improving health and for millions of people," Gates said.

"has an opportunity to launch a new category of innovated that will benefit millions of people worldwide.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, November 06 2018. 13:15 IST
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