World Toilet Day, which is honored every November 19, is meant to raise awareness for the 2.6 billion people worldwide who live without access to toilets and other basic means of sanitation. It is this basic deficiency that claims the lives of 1.8 million people every year; diarrheal diseases alone claim 5,000 lives every day, which is five times the number of HIV/AIDS-related deaths. For this reason, lack of sanitation is the world’s leading cause of infection, as one gram of human waste can contain 10 million viruses, 1 million bacteria, 1,000 parasite cysts and 100 parasite eggs. The event is sponsored by the World Toilet Organization.
We often take clean water and sanitation for granted here in the U.S, but lack of proper sanitation and access to suitable water is to blame for more deaths than all the wars which occurred in the 20th century combined. World Toilet Day puts these astounding numbers in perspective and seeks to bring awareness to the millions of people worldwide whose basic needs are not being met.
The top ten countries who lack toilets are
Niger- with 12 million lacking toilets
13 million Brazilians go to the bathroom in the open, which constitutes 7% of the countries 132 million citizens
Nepal has 15 million citizens with no toilets, and 29 million who lack indoor plumbing
Sudan, has 17 million or 41 percent of the population with no toilets
Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation, has the world’s 6th highest number of citizens (33 million) going to the bathroom outside
Pakistan: 48 million who are toilet-less
Ethiopia: 49 million do not use indoor toilets
China as a population of 50 million lack access to toilets
About 58 million Indonesians, 26 percent of its population, don’t use toilets
India the world’s second-most populous nation, after China, has the world’s largest number of people going outdoors
World toilet day makes you really appreciate what you have!
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