World Toilet Day – Sunday 19th November
World Toilet Day was set up by the United Nations and is coordinated by UN-Water in collaboration with governments and partners across the world. It aims to inspire action to tackle the global sanitation crisis where 4.5 billion people (that’s nearly 60% or the world’s population) don’t have access in their homes to a toilet that can safely dispose of their waste.
Having easy access to toilet facilities is something many of us take for granted. In my own house we currently have a ratio of 1.5 toilets for each permanent resident and in our office building there is a toilet for every three people. Every time I go to a public building, a supermarket, a pub, a hospital, a hotel room, a football match or a fast food outlet there are toilets everywhere. In fact it’s a fair bet that there are almost as many toilets as people in the UK. Unfortunately the majority of people in the world are not blessed with similar facilities.
Although we tend to take them for granted, toilets are also something we like to talk about and a sparkling clean toilet (or otherwise) is often used as a way of judging a service station, restaurant or even a friend’s house. When I take my annual trip to the Glastonbury Festival people tend to ask me as much about the toilets (especially the infamous ‘long drops’) as they do about the music. OK – so they don’t flush, don’t have lids and can be a little on the fragrant side but they’re mostly relatively clean and at least there’s no danger of them contaminating the water supply. There are billions of people in the world for whom a Glastonbury long drop would be a luxury.
According to the World Health Organisation, improved sanitation, combined with safe water and good hygiene, could prevent around 842,000 deaths each year (that’s about one and a half people per minute).
So next time someone has left the seat up or not replaced a finished toilet roll, maybe spare a thought for those people who don’t have a toilet at all – they really do have something to complain about.
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