More than 3.4 million people die every year due to lack of access to safe sanitation facilities; 99% of these deaths occur in the developing world. It is no surprise that the toilet is often regarded as the most important medical advancement in modern times.
By the time you finish reading this, at least one child under the age of 5 has died from diarrhea. It’s estimated that 4100 children under the age of five die each day from diarrhea globally. In many societies, women and girls have to wait until nighttime to use sanitation facilities, and are subject to harassment and abuse as a result. About half of girls worldwide attend schools without toilets. They are forced to miss out on educational opportunities once they hit puberty, often having to drop out and becoming trapped in a cycle of poverty.
Building safe sanitation facilities is about dignity for women and girls; empowering and educating community members to be able to live safe, healthy lives.
The Good News
We are really, really good at building improved sanitation facilities and implementing education programmes (in partnership with local educators and health professionals). Our solutions are simple and cost-effective. Join us in our fight to change the world, one toilet at a time!
World Health Organization (WHO). (2008). Safer Water, Better Health: Costs, benefits, and sustainability of interventions to protect and promote health; Updated Table 1: WSH deaths by region, 2004.
Estimated with data from WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) for Water Supply and Sanitation. (2012). Progress on Sanitation and Drinking-Water, 2012 Update.
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). (2006). Human Development Report 2006, Beyond Scarcity: Power, poverty and the global water crisis