The need for better sanitation in the developing world is clear. Forty percent of the world’s population—2.5 billion people—practice open defecation or lack adequate sanitation facilities, and the consequences can be devastating for human health as well as the environment. Even in urban areas, where household and communal toilets are more prevalent, 2.1 billion people use toilets connected to septic tanks that are not safely emptied or use other systems that discharge raw sewage into open drains or surface waters.
Bill Gates is continuing “God's work” in India. By using the new affluence of social networking to exhale the old affluence of social custom and belief. Researchers applying the program are seeking to categorize people and collect information on them about who they trust when it comes to healthcare.
When it comes to forceful health initiatives, especially those sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – India is the new Africa. Yet another Gates-funded initiative seeks to use influence, ferret out true believer health officials, leverage their influence for social manipulation, paint the culture as uneducated and convince them to “get with the health program.”
The ongoing study is described in the paper “Integrating social networks and human social motives to achieve social influence at scale” in the September 15 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.Northwestern University Professor Noshir Contractor and his collaborators are studying …
We see particular promise in approaches that allow private-sector providers to profit from byproducts that have market value, including energy and fertilizer generated from fecal sludge. We recognize that in the near term, such revenues may not fully cover collection and treatment costs or generate traditional rates of return, so the public sector will continue to have an important role to play—not only to provide regulation and oversight but also to supply some of the services.
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