Sanergy low-cost latrine in a Kenyan slum. For most of Africa, even that is a dream too far.

In Case You Missed It, The Numbers On World Toilet Day – And The 280,000 Children That Die Every Year

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SUNDAY November 19, was World Toilet Day– in case you missed it. It is aimed to tackle the global sanitation crisis. Some facts and numbers worth noting:

♦Today, 4.5 billion people live without a household toilet that safely disposes of their waste.

♦More than 800 million people don’t have a toilet to use and defecate in the open.

♦The above two reasons in turn leads to waste contaminating our global communities, waterways and even our food, making people seriously ill and, in worst case, to death.

♦Around 289,000 children under five die every year from diarrhoeal diseases caused by poor water and sanitation. That’s almost 800 children per day, or one child every two minutes.

♦More than 80% of global wastewater is released into the environment without treatment.

♦In Sub-Saharan Africa, about 90% of the urban population does not have access to a sewer system.


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