Yes, there really is a World Toilet Day, and it’s not exactly a day to celebrate the wonder of the loo. November 19th, is a day set aside to help bring awareness to the global sanitation crisis and take action to reach the 2.4 billion people in the world who are living without a toilet.
The theme of World Toilet Day 2016 is “Toilets and Jobs”, focusing on how sanitation, or the lack of it, can impact people’s livelihoods.
Sanitation is a global development priority. The Sustainable Development Goals, launched in 2015, include a target to ensure everyone everywhere has access to toilets by 2030. Toilets play a crucial role in creating a strong economy, as well as improving health and protecting people’s safety and dignity, especially women’s and girls’. The UN and its partners are getting the message out that toilets save lives, increase productivity, create jobs and grow economies. To take action and join the global movement, please go to www.worldtoiletday.info
* More people in the world own a cell phone than have access to a safe toilet.
* Because of the lack of toilets, 80 percent of human waste goes directly into rivers and streams.
* One in ten people has no choice but to defecate in the open
* Half of the world’s hospital beds are occupied by patients suffering from diseases associated with lack of access to safe drinking water, inadequate sanitation and poor hygiene.
* Diarrhea caused by poor sanitation and unsafe water kills 315,00 children every year.
* In 2015, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation opened a project to develop a more sustainable toilet to bring safe sanitation to the world’s poorest communities.