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    NEW DELHI, October 31 (RIA Novosti) - The World Toilet Summit, a four-day conference to promote hygiene and the latest improvements and design in the global latrine market, opened Wednesday in New Delhi, the capital of India.

    This year, the seventh summit of the Singapore-based World Toilet Organization will be attended by 230 delegates from India and 190 WC specialists from 40 other countries, including manufacturers, scientists, municipal officials and engineers.

    The summit participants will touch upon the issue of hygiene in Indian villages, preventing water-borne infections and global access to toilets. An Australian delegate will deliver a report on toilets in TV and a Greek speaker will talk latrines in Ancient Greece.

    In India, widespread poverty and a lack of sewage systems forces around 500,000 people to manually clean latrines and carry the human waste on their heads to dump it in garbage dumps.

    According to a World Health Organization report, 2.6 billion people have no access to a hygienic toilet, with over half of them living in China and India.

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