Around 4.2 billion people live without safely managed sanitation, 673 million still practise open defecation and three billion lack basic handwashing facilities. This sanitation crisis means untreated human waste is spreading diseases into water supplies and the food chain for billions of people. Inadequate sanitation is estimated to cause 432,000 diarrhoeal deaths every year.
This is why we celebrate World Toilet Day today. It aims to inspire action to tackle the global sanitation crisis and draw attention to those people being left behind without sanitation. Our Sanitation Systems Perspective provides tools and technologies related to toilet systems in low and middle income countries.
Let's build toilets everywhere for everyone!