Thursday, 19 November 2015

World Toilet Day 2015

Today (Nov. 19) marks the World Toilet Day (WTD) -- a day to raise awareness about all the people who do not have access to a toilet, and the urgent need to end the sanitation crisis.

Did you know?

More people in the world have a mobile phone than a toilet. Of the world’s seven billion people, six billion have mobile phones. However, only 4.5 billion have access to toilets or latrines – meaning that 2.5 billion people, mostly in rural areas, do not have proper sanitation.

With diarrhoea being of the three most common killers of young children globally, along with pneumonia and malaria, they say that most of these deaths – 58% of them – could be prevented if clean water, sanitation and good hygiene, including handwashing with soap, was available to these people.

In a report released on world toilet day, WaterAid ranked countries according to how difficult it was to find toilets meeting basic hygiene standards.

South Sudan is ranked last on WaterAid’s list and Nigeria is better of than most African countries, although we can do better.

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