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November 19, World Toilet Day: The need of the hour
It is quite astonishing that in today's world more people have access to mobile phones than toilets. As per current statistics, approximately 2.5 billion people in the world don't have access to a clean and safe toilet.

It's not a joke or caricature, but a harsh ground reality. Let's have a look at some of these facts:

  • As many as 315,000 children in the world die each year due to poor sanitation.

  • Almost 50 per cent cases of malnutrition are closely associated with lack of hygiene.

  • At least 38 poor workers die everyday all over the world due to lack of sanitation.

Therefore, instead of taking the issue in a light manner, we have to raise proper awareness about this challenge.

In Vietnam, seventeen million people don't have access to toilets. Globally, almost one thirds of children below the age of 5 die due to poor sanitation, unsafe drinking water and unhygienic living conditions. These deplorable conditions account for the deaths of over 1.5 million children from diseases like diarrhoea annually. One in 3 people in the world don't have access to a basic toilet.

Unsafe sanitation incites violence and assault especially against women. Due to these reasons, the United Nations declared November 19 as the World Toilet Day in 2001. The water supply and sanitation collaborative (wsscc) and world Toilet Organization are partnering this year around the world Toilet Day Campaign, "I give shit, Do you?" The world should not wait further for as many as one billion people around the world practice open defecation even today.

The World Toilet Day, initiated by the World Toilet Organization in the year 2001, subsequently became the International World Toilet Day with the United Nations passing a special resolution in the year 2013. Even Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of the United Nations declared in 2015 include this as one of the major objectives.

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