2.5 billion people in our world don’t have access to a toilet.
This World Toilet Day, we want to reflect on the importance of access to good sanitation, and the way that toilets can support broader health and education outcomes.
Access to a clean, safe toilet, and somewhere to wash your hands, helps protect against preventable diseases like diarrhoea (the second biggest killer of children under five). Having a toilet at home also means women don’t have to hold on until dark so no-one can see them going to the toilet. A toilet in a school also means girls don’t feel embarrassed coming to class when they are menstruating.
Sanitation is such an unspoken topic that current estimates suggest it will be hundreds of years before everyone has a toilet in Sub-Saharan Africa. Yet it is estimated that 2.5 million lives would be saved every year, if every person had access to safe water and adequate sanitation.
You can use your voice to support WaterAid’s campaign for better sanitation at www.toilettour.org.au/action.