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Bill Gates backs China's toilet revolution with poops in hand at an event to raise awareness

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 6 November 2018, 17:13 IST

Bill Gates, World's second richest man held a jar filled with human poop on Tuesday at an event in China to raise an awareness about toilets and sanitation. The founder of Microsoft brandished a jar of human waste at a forum on the future of the toilet in Beijing on Tuesday.

Gates did this draw attention to a problem affecting developing countries around the world, not enough toilets.

"In places without sanitation you have got way more than that," Gates said, pointing to the faeces 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 the quality of life, but with disease and death and with malnutrition," he told attendees.

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

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First published: 6 November 2018, 17:13 IST
 
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