United Nations (UN), November 2016
World Toilet Day, on 19 November, is about taking action to reach the 2.4 billion people living without a toilet. This year, the theme of ‘toilets and jobs’ focuses on how sanitation, or the lack of it, can impact on livelihoods.
The top line facts:
- 4 billion people live without improved sanitation.
- One in ten people has no choice but to defecate in the open.
- Diarrhoea caused by poor sanitation and unsafe water kills 315,000 children every year.
- Disease transmission at work, mostly caused by poor sanitation and hygiene practices, causes 17% of all workplace deaths.
- Loss of productivity due to illnesses caused by lack of sanitation and poor hygiene practices is estimated to cost many countries up to 5% of GDP.
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