Loving the Loo – Part One of the Grand Challenges Canada Series

iDE, a Winnipeg based non-profit organization that supports business opportunities in the developing world, will work with Nepali small business owners and local entrepreneurs to scale-up the production, marketing and sale of simple latrines using a novel approach successfully demonstrated in Cambodia and Nepal: marketing simple, low-cost toilets as a status symbol and sanitation as an affordable source of pride.

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Raising the Bar in Water Purification with Nanotechnology

The World Bank reports that over 88% of worldwide illness is related to contaminated water. An Oregon-based company has successfully produced a highly effective personal water purification system that could be of massive benefit to humanitarian relief efforts. The Solar Bag, developed by Puralytics, boasts the ability to not only filter, but truly purify water of up to 99.999% of …

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X-runner: Filling the Gap in Sanitary Services

On the periphery of Lima, Peru, exists slum or shanty communities with hundreds of thousands of residents who moved to the capital in search of a better life. Due to the irregular and sometimes illegal nature of these communities, they are often not serviced by many municipal services, such as plumbing. This condition creates a dangerous breeding ground for communicable …

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Peru’s Innovative Air-Purifying Billboard

A recent report suggests that 90 percent of the world’s urban population is breathing air that fails to meet WHO safety guidelines. Among the world’s worst air pollution offenders is Lima, Peru’s capital city. While air pollution has declined over the last decade, Lima residents remain concerned with the health and environmental risks posed by the quality of their city’s …

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The MadiDrop: An Affordable, Easy-to-Use Water Purification Tablet

  Access to potable water is a severe and increasingly pressing issue for countries in the Global South. Due to a confluence of factors including overuse, population growth and climate change, an estimated two-thirds of the world’s population will be living in water-stressed areas by 2025. One recent innovation that could potentially revolutionize water purification in poor, rural communities is …

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HappyTap Seeks to Drastically Improve Sanitation in Vietnam

The HappyTap is an invention developed by WaterSHED to address prevalent sanitation issues in Vietnam, specifically hand washing behavior. Sanitation related issues have been estimated to cost Vietnam 262 million dollars per year from hospital bills and productivity losses from absenteeism. Poor sanitation services and uninformed habits have contributed to a rise in diseases as urbanization packs people into cities already …

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Turning Sewage into Car Fuel: Biogas Buses in India

The Delhi government is currently working to set up a biogas plant inside Kesopur Sewage Treatment Plant (STP), with the end goal of producing enough compressed biogas (CBG) to fuel 120 of the city’s buses daily. India’s Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has collaborated with the Swedish government on this project. After the renovation of the plant, the …

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Young Entrepreneur Develops Waterless Bath Product

Globally, over 2.5 billion people lack consistent access to clean water. Of those with intermittent access, their supplies are routinely interrupted by drought, weak economies, broken piping, and conflict, among other issues. When water is such a precious resource, how to make use of it can be a life or death decision. Most prioritize nutrition – either for direct consumption …

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