World Toilet Day 2014 – Toilets mean health
Have you ever tried to imagine life without a toilet? Hard to believe, but for 2.5 billion people it’s an everyday reality.
November 19th has been designated as World Toilet Day , a global advocacy day for toilets and sanitation by the United Nations. It aims to draw greater attention to the global sanitation crisis.
Did you know that lack of sanitation is the world’s leading cause of infection?
According to the World Health Organisation, diarrhoea kills more people every year than malaria and AIDS combined. This translates into 500,000 children (enough to fill Wembley Stadium five times!) dying every year because they lack the toilets we take for granted.
So yes, strange as it may sound, for 2.5 billion people toilets do mean life and health.
Interested? Learn more on the importance of sustainable sanitation for wetlands and people reading “Wetlands and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene”, co-authored by Matthew Simpson from WWT Consulting.