As it is World Toilet Day this Thursday (19th November) it is a good time to acknowledge the importance of toilet hygiene and to raise awareness about the global crisis of sanitation and how action needs to be taken.
To give a quick background, World Toilet Day (WTD) was established by the World Toilet Organisation in 2001 as a campaign to motivate and mobilise millions around the world on the issues of sanitation.
In 2013 the United Nations passed a resolution recognising WTD as an official UN international day and it is now celebrated each year on 19th November with a different theme.
The theme this year 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. Lack of access to clean drinking water and sanitation, along with the absence of good hygiene practices, are among the underlying causes of poor nutrition.
Across the world, 1 in 3 people don’t have access to a basic toilet. Poor sanitation puts children at high risk of developing diseases such as diarrhoea which can lead to stunted growth, malnutrition and often fatality.
The UN have said that by 2030 everyone in the world should have access to safe water and a proper toilet. Pump Aid thinks that children shouldn’t have to wait that long, and we agree.
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