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Simple Innovations Are Tackling Africa’s Hardest Problems

When it comes to “innovation” do you think “plastic drinking straw”? No, me neither. But an article in the Guardian over the weekend serves as an excellent reminder that innovation doesn’t have to be technologically-complex in order to be transformative.
Common household objects, like the plastic drinking straw or net, redeployed, have prevented millions of deaths in the developing world from Guinea worm and malaria.

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Going Beyond Fake Poop to Win the Prize: A Look at the Reinvent the Toilet Fair Winners

Now that the toilets and fake poop have vanished from the foundation’s campus, it is time to reflect on the success of the Reinvent the Toilet Fair.

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Smart Toilets and Poop Games: Innovations to Help the Poor

Why reinvent the toilet? The flush toilet, as we know it, hasn’t changed much in the past 200 years. Because it’s expensive to operate, wastes precious water, and requires a sewage system, 2.5 billion people around the world don’t have access to one.

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Photo of the Day: A Winning Toilet For the 21st Century

Photo of the day for Thursday, August 16, 2012.

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You Don't Know $h!t About $h!t

We'll put out a new question every few days along with the correct answer to the previous quiz. Check in regularly to find out just how much you know about $h!t.

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