This Thursday is World Toilet Day 2015; which is about the 2.4 billion people who lack access to improved sanitation, with one billion still defecating in the open.
For many people, World Toilet day will raise awareness between the relationship between nutrition and sanitation, highlighting the importance of toilets to support adequate nutrition and better health.
The lack of poor nutrition is notably attributed to the unavailability of potable drinking water and sanitation, as well as the lack of proper hygienic practices.
The aim of this year’s event is to educate people all over the world who don’t have access to clean toilets, in spite of the human right to clean water and sanitation.
The UN has said that poor sanitation increases the risk of illness and malnutrition, especially for children, and called for woman and girls in particular to be offered safe, clean facilities.
“One out of three women around the world lack access to safe toilets,” U.N secretary General Ban Ki-moon said in a statement. “As a result they face disease, shame and potential violence they seek a place to defecate.”
The UN says that while there is sufficient water on the plant for everyone, “bad economics and poor infrastructure” mean that every year millions of people – die from diseases linked to poor sanitation, unhygienic living conditions.
The importance of Hygiene is often overlooked worldwide, keeping your body clean is vital in combating and preventing illness – both for yourself and for those around you. Washing your hands can prevent the spread of germs from one person to another or from one part of your body to another.
Without hygiene services, the spread of illness and disease would be far greater. If you are interested in reading more about how important hygiene is, visit our hygiene services page for more information about Hygiene Facts and Services.