World Toilet Day >> 19 November

Toilets save lives, because human waste spreads killer diseases. World Toilet Day is about inspiring action to tackle the global sanitation crisis.

World Toilet Day is celebrated on 19th November every year. It’s all about inspiring action to tackle the global sanitation crisis and help achieve Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6), which promises sanitation for all by 2030. World Toilet Day 2019 is drawing attention to those people being left behind without sanitation.

What is ‘Safely Managed Sanitation’?
When someone has a ‘safely managed sanitation service’, it means they use hygienic toilet facilities that are not shared with other households and where excreta are either separated from human contact and safely disposed of in situ or transported and treated off-site, thereby protecting people and the environment from disease agents. Examples include flush/pour flush toilets connected to piped sewer systems; septic tanks or latrine pits; ventilated improved pit latrines; composting toilets; or pit latrines with slab covers.

7 Facts You Need To Know About World Toilet Day

Since 2013, the United Nations has observed November 19th as World Toilet Day to draw the world’s attention to the importance of accessible toilets and their role in improving hygiene and health around the world.

Together, we can make toilets and proper sanitation accessible for all. Here are seven key facts you need to know about the problem:

40% of the world — more than 2.4 billion people — lack access to improved sanitation.

Over the past 200 years, toilets have added twenty years to the human lifespan.

As a part of the 2030 Sustainable Development goals, the UN hopes to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.

More people in the world have access to mobile phones than toilets.

Poor sanitation increases the risk for malnutrition and disease, especially for women and children.

Diarrheal disease is the second leading cause of death among children under five and is entirely preventable with access to proper sanitation and clean water.

For every dollar invested in water and sanitation, there is a $4.30 return in the form of reduced health care costs around the world.

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