American Standard Partners with Water For People to Improve Sanitation Facilities Worldwide
- Aug 21, 2014
Piscataway, N.J.—A new partnership between American Standard Brands and NGO Water For People will focus on improving quality of life and access to safe sanitation around the globe. Over the next five years, American Standard will donate 600,000 SaTo sanitary toilet pans to be distributed by Water For People to help save lives and prevent the spread of disease from open pit latrines.
Our partnership with Water For People will have a positive impact on the lives of an estimated three million people over the next few years. In fact, the first shipments of SaTo pans to be distributed by the Water For People team are arriving in Malawi and Uganda (Africa) shortly,” said Jay Gould, president and CEO of American Standard Brands. “It is so gratifying to see how lives can be improved, and saved, by successful partnerships like this connecting businesses
In early 2013, American Standard unveiled the SaTo (pronounced SAH-toh, derived from Safe Toilet) sanitary toilet pan, invented to work without sewer infrastructure and originally designed for use in Bangladesh. The SaTo pan uses ingeniously simple mechanical and water seals to close off pit latrines from the open air, thereby reducing the transmission of disease and odor.
The company also launched its Flush for Good campaign aimed at increasing awareness of the global sanitation crisis and creating innovative solutions to help improve sanitation facilities in developing countries. Through this effort, the Company donated over 530,000 SaTo pans in 2013 for distribution throughout Bangladesh over the next year.
Water For People believes in Sanitation as a Business (SAAB). By identifying and supporting local entrepreneurs, Water For People helps these businesses provide quality, sustainable services and succeed in the regions where they work. This approach moves away from traditional subsidized sanitation aid programs to a model that empowers local businesses to provide much needed sanitation services to the poor throughout cities and rural districts worldwide. In addition to local businesses, Water For People works with families and government officials to align goals and strategies.
Part of helping these businesses succeed is ensuring they have affordable, easily maintained, and sustainable sanitation products to sell, like the hygienic American Standard SaTo pan. By creating an economic environment that encourages the sale of the reasonably priced SaTo pan, Water For People can help generate the greatest positive health impact.