It might seem like something we are taking for granted, but for many around the world, proper care is the luxury that remains out of reach.
More than two billion people have no access to safe and clean sewage, putting them at risk of contracting many illnesses.
At a conference called Reinvent the Toilet this week, Bill Gates came to the stage with a glass of human feces to illustrate his claim that poor sanitation products put the stress of several hundred million people.
The conference contained 20 projects of technology companies for new types of toilets that could improve sanitation in areas with no access to water.
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