Today, the United Nations marks World Toilet Day, which aims to raise awareness of the global sanitation crisis. Approximately 4.5 billion people don’t have access to adequate toilets.
According to the United Nations (UN), 60 percent of the world’s population, approximately 4.5 billion people, don’t have any access to adequate toilets and are exposed to other diseases and risks.
Today (Sunday) marks World Toilet Day, which aims to raise awareness of the global sanitation crisis. “1.8 billion people use an unimproved source of drinking water with no protection against contamination from feces,” the UN stated. “Improved sanitation could prevent around 842,000 deaths each year.”
Billions suffer from lack of sanitary systems Photo credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News
Billions of people don’t have functioning sanitary systems, endangering the health and lives of many children. This issue occurs even in rich countries, where treatment is far from perfect and wastewater is transferred to rivers and beaches and pollutes the environment.