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NEWS in brief Eco-friendly toilets in India to improve health and dignity of the poor Banka BioLoo, an Indian company that provides innovative solutions for human waste treatment, has joined the Business Call to Action (BCtA) in distributing environmentallyfriendly toilets to low-income families across India. BCtA is a global initiative that encourages companies to fight poverty through ... diarrhea kills approximately inclusive business 800,000 children under age five models. It is every year and leaves millions more supported by the malnourished and stunted. The absence United Nations of sanitation is .. Development Programme (UNDP) and other international organizations. Banka BioLoo’s plans to install 300,000 innovative sanitation systems, or bioloos, across the country by 2020. Bioloos will also be installed in 3,000 schools, reaching an additional 120,000 girls. The company estimates that 94,000 temporary jobs will be created as a result of this expansion. “Banka BioLoo is committed to environmental sustainability and social uplift by providing affordable and sustainable solutions for sanitation across India,” said Sanjay Banka, Banka BioLoo’s Chief Executive Officer. “By providing eco-friendly bio-toilets, we are helping to meet the new Sustainable Development Goals while supporting the Indian Government’s vision of a cleaner, healthier society. We are pleased to have our business model recognized by the Business Call to Action and look forward to working with fellow members to advance the new global development agenda.” The shortage of toilets and proper sanitation in India is still a major concern. Nearly 600 million people – half of the country’s population – lack access to adequate sanitation, which increases the risk of water contamination and diseases. According to the World Bank, diarrhea kills approximately 800,000 children under age five every year and leaves millions more malnourished and stunted. The absence of sanitation is especially acute in rural and periurban areas with its higher than average population density and lack of access to water and sewage infrastructure. Bioloos provide an inexpensive and easy-to-operate Global Highlights alternative for traditional