World Toilet Day is a day to raise awareness and inspire action to tackle the global sanitation crisis – a topic often neglected in society. Today, 4.5 billion people are struggling to live well, keep their children alive and work towards a better future – all because they don’t have access to proper sanitation. It’s hard to believe, but globally more people have access to cell phones than toilets!
Only 39% of the global population use a safely managed sanitation service, and 1.8 billion people use an unimproved source of drinking water with no protection against contamination. Combined with safe water and good hygiene, improved sanitation could prevent around 842,000 deaths each year.
The Sustainable Development Goals, launched in 2015, include a target to ensure everyone has access to a safely-managed household toilet by 2030. This makes sanitation central to eradicating extreme poverty. For more information or ideas on how you can help, please visit: