Borouge management visited India’s Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak, founder of Sulabh Sanitation Movement, to offer their congratulations ahead of him receiving the prestigious Stockholm Water Prize 2009 in August.
Borouge, a leading provider of innovative, value creating plastics solutions for the infrastructure, automotive and advanced packaging markets, is co-founder of the prize with Borealis as part of their Water for the World programme. The Stockholm Water Prize is the world’s most prestigious award for outstanding achievement in water-related activities.
Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak will be honoured as the annual laureate at a Royal Prize Ceremony under the patronage of H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden during the World Water Week in Stockholm in August.
“The work of Dr. Pathak and the Sulabh Sanitation Movement has been recognised in India and internationally many times, and Borouge is honoured to be associated with awarding him the Stockholm Water Prize. He is a modern day visionary and his efforts to advance social progress and improve public health and human rights in India are humbling,” says Pushp Raj Singhvi Managing Director of Borouge (India).
Left to right: Abha Bahadur, Sr. Vice President, Sulabh International Delhi, Pushp Raj Singhvi, Managing Director Borouge (India) Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai, Craig Halgreen, Vice President Global Communications, Borouge, Abu Dhabi, Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak, Founder, Sulabh International and Anita Jha, Sr. Vice President Sulabh International, Delhi
Despite India’s recent economic growth, it is estimated that still today 700 million people do not have access to basic sanitation, and the resulting pollution leads to half a million deaths each year due to water borne diseases such as cholera and diarrhoea.
To address this problem Dr. Pathak founded the Sulabh Sanitation Movement in 1970 and subsequently developed a number of technologies suitable for domestic and community toilets and bathing facilities. Together with 50,000 volunteers, Dr Pathak’s organisation now operates throughout India and has set up 1.1 million household toilets, 7500 community toilet blocks and constructed over 190 human excreta based biogas plants. Today it is estimated that over 10 million people use these facilities every day.
The innovative two-pit pour-flush toilet technology developed by Dr. Pathak has also been recognised by many international agencies such as the United Nations Development Programme, UNICEF and World Health Organisation, which have recommended the design for global replication, especially in developing countries.
Dr. Pathak has also worked to retrain and educate India’s “scavengers” or “untouchables” that formally had the task of manually emptying the bucket toilets. In order to gain a better understanding of the needs of this under-class of Indian society, Dr. Pathak actually lived with scavenger families before he launched his organisation. His subsequent work has lead to the liberation of over 100,000 scavengers from their undignified and wasteful task and resettled them in other more worthwhile occupations.
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