Editorial Board

Stimulating the Demand for Toilets

India’s recently ended Kumbh Mela festival, which attracted 10 million Hindus to a short stretch of the Ganges River over 55 days, was a reminder of the perils of poor sanitation. With pilgrims using leaky latrines and defecating on open ground, fecal sludge flowed toward the water they bathed in and sipped, risking diarrheal disease.

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