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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.