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“BY working together – and by having an open and frank discussion on the importance of toilets and sanitation – we can improve the health and well-being of one-third of the human family”, says Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
World Toilet Day is no joke, and rather a matter of life and death, as one third of the world doesn’t have access to proper sanitation. The UN have launched the first World Toilet Day today, November 19th, aiming to change behaviour and policy and tackle the dramatic consequences on human health, dignity and security, the environment, and social and economic development.
The idea of not having a mobile phone in the western world is a shocking idea; not having access to proper toilets and sanitation in the developing world is unfortunately a frightening reality. The disabled, women and children are among the most affected. According to the UN, 2,000 children die every day from preventable diarrhoeal diseases that decent sanitation and water supplies would prevent. In countries where sexual violence is a major problem, young girls discontinue their education when they hit puberty due to the lack of private toilets.
The UN aim to gain global awareness as poor sanitation and water supply also result in economic losses estimated at $260 billion annually in developing countries.