>November 19th — WORLD TOILET DAY

>Read more about this day to call attention to global sanitation issues.

Be informed about the lack of sanitation in the world. The facts are staggering:

2.6 billion people worldwide are without access to proper sanitation1, which risks their health, strips their dignity, and kills 1.8 million people, mostly children, a year2.
Diarrheal diseases kill five times as many children in the developing world as HIV/AIDS.2

That’s 5,000 children DYING EVERY SINGLE DAY.

Not only that, but the disease kills more children than either malaria or AIDS, stunts growth, and forces millions – adults and children alike – to spend weeks at a time off work or school, which hits both a country’s economy and its citizens’ chances of a better future.3 The majority of the illness in the world is caused by fecal matter.4
Lack of sanitation is the world’s biggest cause of infection.4
One gram of feces can contain 10 million viruses, one million bacteria, 1,000 parasite cysts and 100 parasite eggs.5
Safe disposal of children’s feces leads to a reduction of nearly 40% in childhood diarrhea.5
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