Today is World Toilet Day – a day to raise awareness of the global sanitation crisis. Most of us who live in the developed world probably take the toilet for granted, but this humble facility is vitally important. Here are some reasons:
- 2.5 billion people (nearly half of the world's population!) do not have somewhere safe, private or hygienic to go to the toilet, which strips their dignity and risks their health.
- Lack of sanitation is the world's biggest cause of infection.
- The majority of the illness in the world is caused by fecal matter.
- The simple act of washing hands with soap and water after going to the toilet can reduce diarrhoeal diseases by over 40%.
- Safe disposal of children's faeces leads to a reduction of nearly 40% in childhood diarrhoea.
- Diarrheal diseases kill five times as many children in the developing world as HIV/AIDS. That's 5,000 children dying every single day.
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