2.4 billion people still go without!
Yes, you’ve read it correctly – according to the latest Joint Monitoring Programme report from the United Nations, 2.4 billion people (almost 33% of the world’s population) live without adequate sanitation.
This year’s UN World Toilet Day focuses on the link between sanitation and nutrition, drawing the world’s attention to the importance of toilets in supporting better nutrition and improved health. Toilets also bolster access to education and bring dignity, equality and safety for people.
The access to safe water and sanitation has not kept pace with increases in population across the globe, being especially evident in sub-Saharan Africa, where the number of people without access to sanitation has increased since 1990. Considering the forecast of Africa’s urban population to double by 2030, these topics obviously require immediate attention.
In a world where an estimated 1,500 children die every day from lack of access to safe water and sanitation, the good news is that governments around the world seem to be paying more attention to the sanitation crisis, and as the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council states, “Investing in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) is not only about saving human lives and dignity, it is essential for sustainable investments in human development”.
Interested? Learn more about the importance of sustainable sanitation for wetlands and people reading “Wetlands and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene – Understanding the linkages”, co-authored by Matthew Simpson from WWT Consulting.