Did you know?
1,600 children die per day of diarrhoea that's largely preventable through clean toilets, safe water and good hygiene.
15% of the world's population doesn't have access to a toilet at all, forcing them to defecate in the open.
25% of the world's population is affected by intestinal worms, entirely preventable through safe, clean toilets and improved hygiene.
World Toilet Day? What's that?
On 24 July 2013, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously voted to officially designate 19 November as World Toilet Day.
Access to a safe, clean toilet should be a basic right for everyone, yet 36% of the world's population still lives without them. This has grave implications on people's health, wellbeing, dignity, as well as on the environment, and social and economic development. The United Nations is alarmed and concerned about the slow and insufficient progress in improving access to basic sanitation facilities around the world.
World Toilet Day is a chance for advocacy aimed at policy makers and key stakeholders. It's a chance to spread the word about the sanitation crisis and what can be done to address it. 19 November provides an occasion for serious public commitments to action to accelerate progress towards making "Sanitation for All" a reality.