World Toilet Day
The United Nations General Assembly designated November 19 as World Toilet Day to raise awareness of the 4.5 billion people around the world who are still living without access to a safe 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…
- People go outside in the open (called open defecation).
- Open defecation often causes diarrheal diseases.
- Each day, nearly 1,000 children die 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 year. You can help promote World Toilet Day in your community with these resources.
- United Nations. Progress on Drinking Water, Sanitation and Hygiene [PDF – 66 pages]
- United Nations. World Toilet Day
- WASH United. Menstrual Hygiene Day
- Public Library of Science. Sanitation practices and perceptions in Kakuma refugee camp, Kenya
- Page last reviewed: November 19, 2018
- Page last updated: November 19, 2018
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