Celebrating Sanitation and Handwashing on World Toilet Day – Global Handwashing Partnership

Celebrating Sanitation and Handwashing on World Toilet Day. Global Handwashing Partnership, November 15, 2017.

Just a month after Global Handwashing Day, the Global Handwashing Partnership is celebrating World Toilet Day on November 19thWorld Toilet Day drives action to solve the global sanitation crisis.

Like handwashing, sanitation is a vital way to prevent diseases and protect health. For example, both can prevent diarrhea, which remains a leading cause of death and long-term suffering for children around the world.

Credit: WASHplus Project

Credit: WASHplus Project

Proper handwashing and safe sanitation are essential for good health and development, but access to both is far behind where is needs to be. In some countries, fewer than 10% of peoplehave access to basic handwashing facilities.

Globally, 4.5 billion people lack a safe toilet with proper waste treatment. This affects health and dignity, and costs lives. View this National Geographic picture story for a moving look at how open defecation affects communities around the world.

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