Poor sanitation contributes to around 1 million child deaths from diarrhea each year. The environmental consequences are also devastating. Current toilets, sewers, and wastewater treatment systems used in the developed world are expensive and require too
much land, energy, and water to be feasible for widespread use in the developing world. That is why I am particularly excited that this week we announced three projects we will receive additional funding as part of our Grand Challenge to Create the Next Generation
of Sanitation Technologies. These grantees are receiving follow-on funding based on promising results from their Phase I Grand Challenges Explorations work.
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