In the impoverished Bihar region of India, the basic necessity of an affordable and modern toilet is out of most people’s reach. The lack of proper lavatory facilities in the area forces people into practicing open defecation, which exposes women and children to myriad risks including the spread of disease and sexual violence. But a partnership among several NGOs, including the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, has taken great strides in remedying the problem by bringing some 10,000 working toilets to the people in Bihar, where an estimated 82 percent of people practice open defecation. Residents are then able to buy the toilets at a very low cost, or in some cases no cost, thanks to financing plans that ultimately pick up the tab. The groups say 10,000 toilets is just a start and the goal is to bring 450,000 private toilets to the area.
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