World Toilet Day
World Toilet Dayexternal icon is observed each year on November 19 to raise awareness about the 3.6 billion peopleexternal icon around the world who are still living without access to a safely managed toilet. Without clean, safe toilets, human waste (poop) can contaminate communities’ food and water sources, which increases people’s chances of getting sick.
When There Is No Place to Go
When people don’t have access to a toilet, they go outside in the open (called open defecationexternal icon). This often causes the spread of diarrheal diseases. Each day, nearly 1,000 children dieexternal icon from diarrhea related to poor sanitation and contaminated water sources. Safe sanitation, the practice of good hygiene, and a safe water supply could save the lives of more than 350,000 children a yearexternal icon.
What You Can Do
World Toilet Day is an opportunity to learn more about the global sanitation crisis. Observe World Toilet Day by:
- Spreading awareness in your community about the importance of sustainable sanitation to keep people healthy.
- Learning more about other global water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) issues.
- Visiting the UN’s World Toilet Day siteexternal icon for more information.
- Promoting World Toilet Day in your community using these resourcesexternal icon.
- United Nations. Progress Update 2021: SDG 6 – water and sanitation for all.external icon
- United Nations. World Toilet Dayexternal icon
- WASH United. Menstrual Hygiene Dayexternal icon
- Public Library of Science. Sanitation practices and perceptions in Kakuma refugee camp, Kenyaexternal icon