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International Community Must Support WASH Efforts To Improve Global Health

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Avoidable disease: For too many, all it takes is modern sanitation
Editorial Board

“A disturbing report by the World Health Organization and UNICEF shows how something so simple and common as toilets and sanitation can affect the health and welfare of millions. According to the document released last Tuesday, only 68 percent of the world’s population has regular access to toilets, a modern amenity taken for granted by people in the developed world. … The United Nations is working on strategies to address the lack of toilets worldwide and will unveil plans in September. Solving the problem will not be easy given the rapid pace of population growth, but the alternative is a sicker and more disease-ravaged world. It’s in every nation’s interest to support efforts to spread the health benefits of modern sanitation” (7/5).

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