World Toilet Day was on November 19th and the international day declared by the United Nations objective was aimed to ‘break the taboo’ around toilets and draw attention to the global sanitation challenge. One of the main purposes of World Toilet Day is to create conversation about sanitation issues around the world. It is crazy to think that 2.5 billion people do not have a clean toilet, in other words, one in three people struggle with a clean & a private toilet area. Most of those who are struggling live in either Africa or Asia.
The recent super typhoon to place havoc on the Philippines resurfaced another issue the Philippine people face daily, clean toilet issues. The city of Tacloban is one of the areas that are facing a lack of sustainable sanitation. Organizations such as
UNICEF donated portable bathrooms and hygiene supplies to the people of
Tacloban. The organizations are appealing for $34 million to help the four million children affected by the super typhoon.
To bring the issue to light, the United Nations General Assembly declared November 19th as World Toilet Day. Many organizations and political diplomats are dedicated to spreading awareness and issues of those who are facing sanitation issues daily.
Sanitation advocates are struggling with spreading the word due to the fact that the subject is unglamorous and often times the subject ‘takes the back seat’ when it comes to fundraising.
A few facts about the world’s lack of toilets, according to the United Nations:
- Diarrheal diseases are the second most common cause of death in young children in developing countries
- They kill more than HIV / AIDS, malaria & measles combined
- 2.5 billion people do not have a toilet or access to sustainable sanitation
To make a difference, spread awareness with hashtag #WeCantWait or make a donation at UNICEF.
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