World Toilet Day may sound like a joke, but for the 2.5 billion people in the world who don't have access to toilets and sanitation, it certainly isn't. November 19, 2009 is World Toilet Day.
I would just like to post some facts here for you to think about.
If you would like to find out more or get involved, you can visit the World Toilet Day site or the WaterAid site. Take a look at this short video as well - and share it!
2.5 billion people worldwide don't have access to proper sanitation, risking their health, stripping their dignity, and killing 1.8 children a year.
Diarrheal diseases kill five times as many children in the developing world as HIV/AIDS.
That's 5,000 children DYING EVERY SINGLE DAY.
Disease kills more children than either malaria or AIDS, stunts growth, and forces millions - adults and children alike - to spend weeks at a time off work or school, which hits both a country's economy and its citizens' chances of a better future.
The majority of the illness in the world is caused by fecal matter.
Lack of sanitation is the world's biggest cause of infection.
One gram of feces can contain 10 million viruses, one million bacteria, 1,000 parasite cysts and 100 parasite eggs.
Safe disposal of children's feces leads to a reduction of nearly 40% in childhood diarrhea.