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Vancouver woman designs award-winning Night Loo for women in refugee camps

Hudson’s Bay graduate took information from the chamber pot to create private, clean and functional toilet for women in dangerous situations

By Monika Spykerman, Columbian staff writer
Published: April 13, 2024, 6:13am
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The Night Loo is Vancouver resident Anna Meddaugh&rsquo;s solution for women and girls in refugee camps to relieve themselves without fear of assault. After use, women and girls toss in a super-absorbent pod, which absorbs urine and odor in a minute. The next day, the powdery contents can be poured out.
The Night Loo is Vancouver resident Anna Meddaugh’s solution for women and girls in refugee camps to relieve themselves without fear of assault. After use, women and girls toss in a super-absorbent pod, which absorbs urine and odor in a minute. The next day, the powdery contents can be poured out. (Amanda Cowan/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

You probably don’t think about your toilet when you get up to pee in the night. A private, clean and functional toilet is simply there when you need it, 24/7.

The 6.6 million people in the world who live in refugee camps (according to the United Nations Refugee Agency) probably think about toilets several times a day.

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