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WaterAid is working with American Standard to provide the innovative SaTo pan to survivors of the earthquake in Nepal and communities in Bangladesh.
WaterAid is working with American Standard to provide an affordable alternative to open-defecation in the poorest communities in Bangladesh and beyond.
The SaTo pan (pronounced SAH-toh, derived from “Safe Toilet”) is an affordable option which uses a simple trap door design that forms a water seal at the bottom of a pan set into a cement slab over the pit. It closes off pit latrines from the open air, reducing the transmission of disease via air-borne insects.
Unlike typical latrine components, which are made of concrete or ceramic, the SaTo pan uses plastic, which makes it inexpensive to produce, affordable for customers, and manufacturing can be sourced locally.
In addition to reaching Bangladeshi communities, WaterAid sent the SaTo pans to Nepal in response to the urgent needs of Nepalis in the wake of the devastating earthquakes on April 25 and May 12, 2015.
2.3 billion people lack sustainable access to improved sanitation, and 1.1 billion still practice open defecation. Over 500,000 children die every year from diarrhea caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation.