Posted 19th November

#WorldToiletDay: 4.5 billion people living without safe toilets

By KBBDaily on 19th November 2018 - 12:52pm
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The 19th November 2018 marks World Toilet Day, organised by the UN to promote and encourage action to ensure that everyone has a safe toilet by 2030 as part of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6: sanitation and water.

Earlier this month, WaterAid released its State of the World’s Toilets 2018 report, which highlighted the fact that one in five primary schools and one in eight secondary schools globally do not have any toilets.

The report found that diarrhoea caused by dirty water and poor sanitation kills 289,000 children under five each year, while diarrhoea and intestinal infections kill nearly 140,000 children aged between five and 14 each year.

“Children in every country of the world need access to safe toilets at home and at school,” said WaterAid CEO Tim Wainwright. “Their health, education and safety depend on it. Every child should be able to go to the toilet safely and with dignity whether they are at school or at home.

“Bringing safe toilets to the one in three schools worldwide with no adequate toilets should be a top priority – along with bringing decent household toilets to the 2.3 billion people still waiting. Progress towards any of the UN Sustainable Development Goals will not be possible without clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene.”

The UN has reported that 4.5 billion people are still living without safe toilets, while 1.8 billion people use a drinking water source that could be contaminated with faeces, and 892 million people still practise open defecation.

Wainwright added: “If we are serious about all children and young people, wherever they are, whatever their gender, physical ability or community background, having their right to clean water and sanitation, we must take decisive and inclusive action now.”


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