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What is World Toilet Day?

The following material is taken from the United Nations “World Toilet Day” campaign. The intent of the campaign is to reach the world with safely managed sanitation by 2030. http://www.worldtoiletday.info/

November 19, 2017 – World Toilet Day is about inspiring action to tackle the global sanitation crisis. Today, 4.5 billion people live without a household toilet that safely disposes of their waste.

The Sustainable Development Goals, launched in 2015, include a target to ensure everyone has access to a safely-managed household toilet by 2030. This makes sanitation central to eradicating extreme poverty.

29% of the global population, or 2.1 billion people, lack safely managed drinking water services and 61% of the global population (4.5 billion people) lack safely managed sanitation. These are the latest figures from the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Program (JMP) for Water Supply, Sanitation, and Hygiene; their first report of the SDG period can be found herehttps://washdata.org/

The 2.1 billion people without safely managed drinking water services includes 1.3 billion people with basic services, meaning an improved water source located within 30 minutes; 263 million people with limited services, or an improved water source requiring more than 30 minutes to collect water; 423 million people taking water from unprotected wells and springs, and 159 million people collecting untreated surface water from lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams.

The 4.5 billion people without safely managed sanitation services includes 2.1 billion people with basic services, meaning an improved sanitation facility which is not shared; 600 million people with limited services, or an improved sanitation facility which is shared; 856 million people using unprotected latrines or bucket toilets, and 892 million people collecting practicing open defecation.

 

Photo credits: UNICEF 

For more stories about World Toilet Day, visit http://www.worldtoiletday.info/stories/

For Social Media use:

  • The greatest public health invention of all time? Toilets. Celebrate #WorldToiletDay
  • During the 20thcentury, sanitation advances added nearly 35 years to the average life span. Celebrate #WorldToiletDay
  • The sanitary revolution began in the 1840s. More than 4 billion people need us to keep it going.  #WorldToiletDay

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