November 19th is World Toilet Day – a day highlighting the fact that many people around the world still lack access to basic sanitation and clean water. The World Toilet Organization (WTO) reports that more than 2.6 billion people (including 980 million children) do not have access to clean, safe, hygienic toilets.

World Toilet Day was founded in 2001 with 15 members, and has since grown to include 151 member organizations in 53 countries, all working towards eliminating toilet taboo and delivering sustainable sanitation around the world.

The WTO works to promotes better toilet equality (more facilities for women); more accessibility & special provisions (for disabled individuals and mothers with babies); hygienic toilets (for everyone); and more toilets (for the 2.6 billion individuals who lack them).

The WTO reports that, “…40% of mankind still does not have access to proper sanitation and toilets and 2 million children die every year from diarrhea. 60% of all rural diseases are caused by poor hygiene and sanitation condition. At any one time, half of the world's hospital beds are filled with people [ill] from water-borne diseases caused mostly by water polluted with untreated sewage. Proper sanitation is the best preventive medicine in the world.”

The importance of talking about this taboo subject cannot be understated. WaterAid highlights that, “…one gram of faeces can contain 10 million viruses, one million bacteria, 1,000 parasite cysts and 100 parasite eggs. The simple act of washing hands with soap and water after going to the toilet can reduce diarrhoeal diseases by over 40%”.

Resources

WaterAid: http://www. wateraid. org/uk/
World Toilet Organization: http://www. worldtoilet. org/

Play Turdywinks an online sanitation game.

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