World Toilet Day

World Toilet Day

World Toilet Day – 7 reasons to give a crap!

The 19th November marks UN World Toilet day a campaign which aims to see everyone around the world have access to safe and hygienic toilets  Poor sanitation increases the risk of disease and malnutrition, especially for women and children. Women and girls risk rape, humiliation and abuse, because they have no toilet that offers privacy.


Here are 7 reasons why you support #WorldToiletDay too:

1. India has the world’s longest queues for toilets.

According to a recent report by WaterAid, if all the people waiting for household toilets in India were to line up, the queue would stretch from earth to the moon and take 5892 years to get cleared.

2. 1,000 children die very day due to poor sanitation.

Every day, around 1,000 families lose a child due to diarrhoea caused by a lack of access to safe and hygienic toilets.

3. 2.5 billion People do not have adequate sanitation.

That 1/3rd’s of the world’s population that doesn’t have access to proper sanitation!

4. 2.1 billion people have gained access to an improved sanitation facility since 1990

 The world has missed the MDG target by nearly 700 million people. Today, only 68% of the world’s population uses an improved sanitation facility – 9% points below the MDG target of 77 per cent.

5. 1 billion people practise open defecation

There has been a decline of 244 million since 1990 but 1 billion people still practise open defecation.

6. It’s financially responsible

For every $1 invested in improved water supply and sanitation yields gains of $4 to $12, depending on the type of intervention.

7. It takes the pee that…

Women and girls living without any toilets spend 97 billion hours each year finding a place to go.




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