Thursday, April 15, 2010

More cellphones than toilets in India

While high technology floods the planet, more than a billion people are still without an appliance as basic as a toilet.

In India, one of many parts of the world where poor sanitation devastates human health, the environment and the economy, more people have cellphones than access to adequate toilets.

The United Nations has found that only 366 million people in India - one third of the population -- have access to adequate sanitation, while the country has 545 million cellphones, one for every two people.

"Obviously, the marketing for cellphone use has managed to get it right and the marketing for sanitation hasn't necessarily hit the right places and the right people," said Corinne Shuster-Wallace, one of the authors of a report to be presented today at United Nations headquarters in New York City.

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