World Toilet Day Spotlights Shortage Of, Lack Of Access To Sanitation Facilities Worldwide

Associated Press: World Toilet Day highlights global sanitation crisis
“Poor countries around the world are facing a dangerous shortage of toilets that puts millions of live at risk, according to campaigners marking World Toilet Day by urging governments and businesses to invest more in sanitation. The toilet crisis is most severe in parts of Africa and Asia facing extreme poverty and seeing a population boom…” (Muhumuza, 11/19).

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Lack of school toilets puts 620 mln children in danger — report
“A lack of proper school toilets threatens the health, education and safety of at least 620 million children around the world, the charity WaterAid said in a new study published on Friday. Children at one in three schools lack access to proper toilets, putting them at risk of diarrhea and other infections and forcing some to miss lessons altogether, according to the study, based on data from 101 countries…” (Karim, 11/15).

U.N. News: Toilet talk is essential to help 2.5 billion people who have nowhere to relieve themselves
“It’s not every day you see a giant inflatable toilet installed in downtown Geneva outside the U.N., but that’s what was on view [Monday], in a bid to raise awareness about the fact that more than 890 million people still defecate in the open. The many problems associated with not having your own place to go are highlighted by the Water Supply and Collaborative Council (WSSCC), which is responsible for bringing this super-size replica to Geneva on World Toilet Day. It’s commemorated every year on 19 November, as the organization’s Rolf Luyendijk explains to U.N. News’s Daniel Johnson” (11/19).

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