World Toilet Day

 

The 19th of November every year is when we celebrate World Toilet Day. It’s a day to take action and raise awareness about all people whom do not have access to a toilet-despite it being a fundamental human right to access clean water and sanitation.

The statistics about global sanitation are extremely shocking. Of the world’s seven billion people, 2.5 billion do not have access to proper sanitation. Sanitation should be a global development priority. This is why the United Nations General Assembly in 2013 designated the 19th of November as World Toilet Day. World Toilet Day is co-ordinated by UN-Water in collaboration with Governments and other relevant stakeholders.

Sanitation is one of the most neglected issues in developing countries and international development aid – and the consequences are devastating. One in three children globally do not have access to a basic toilet which, alongside unsafe drinking water and a lack of hygiene services, contributes to the world's three main killers of children: under nutrition, pneumonia and diarrhoea.
As a result, ten million children have lost their lives since 2000, simply because they don’t have access to a safe toilet.

The theme of World Toilet Day in 2014 is equality and dignity. The campaign aims to raise awareness about how access to improved sanitation leads to a reduction to assault and violence against women and girls.

Where toilets do exist, inequalities exist is usage. Toilets are mostly inadequate for populations with special needs, such as the disabled and elderly. Without accessible toilets and water sanitation many remain at a serious disadvantage to gain employment as well as furthering their education. 
We need to do something about this serious problem today. Every $1 dollar invested on water and sanitation generates returns of $8 dollars in saved time, increased productivity as well as reduced costs.


Watch our video on drilling for water at Mwamapalala in Tanzania - a project sponsored by Irish Aid and the OLA Sisters.