World Toilet Day 19th November

Posted on: November 19th, 2014

Did you know today is World toilet day? Living in the UK we almost cannot imagine living without a toilet and proper sanitation. Indeed I work on many properties where there are several toilets, shower rooms and bathrooms. we are so fortunate to live the way we do and too often take it for granted.

One in three people do not have a safe, clean and private toilet. Most of these people live in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. A toilet gives a greater possibility of a healthy life, greater human dignity, freedom, equality between women, men, girls and boys.

Illnesses that are a direct result of bad sanitation affect the quality of life of millions of people around the world, especially children. Diarrhoeal diseases are the second most common cause of death of young children in developing countries, killing more than HIV/AIDS, malaria and measles combined, and resulting in 1 death every 20 seconds.

There is a strong link between the absence of good sanitation and poverty. The economic growth in Europe and North America went hand-in-hand when the sanitary conditions improved markedly, resulting in individual health gains and increased labour productivity. Toilets are a symbol of better health, higher income, more education, higher social status and a cleaner living environment.

If you would like more information or to get involved please follow this link.