World Toilet Day 2016 – Toilets & Jobs

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The humble toilet is pretty much taken for granted in most developed countries, and to be honest we don’t really give it much thought do we? But the stark reality is that a staggering 2.5 billion people are still without this basic luxury, and a toilet is something they rarely, if ever, get to use. Those who are aren’t lucky enough to have access to a toilet struggle to stay healthy, keep their children alive and work their way to a better future.

World Toilet Day 2016World Toilet Day is a day dedicated to raising awareness and to inspire action to tackle the global sanitation crisis. Launched in 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals include a target to ensure everyone, everywhere has access to toilets by the year 2030, making sanitation a global development priority.

In 2013, the United Nations General Assembly officially designated November 19th as World Toilet Day. This day is coordinated by UN-Water in collaboration with governments and partners.

This year’s theme focuses on toilets and jobs, and how the lack of sanitation can impact on livelihoods. Toilets play a crucial role in creating a strong economy, as well as improving health and protecting people’s safety and dignity.

Toilets have the power to transform economies and increase productivity in the workplace.

A lack of toilets at home and in the work place severely impacts upon businesses through problems in the workforce including poor health, absenteeism, reduced concentration, exhaustion and decreased productivity.

Take a look at these stories about toilets and their impact on work and life.

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Your toilet is more important than you think…

We use them every day, yet we rarely talk about them. The silence that surrounds the issue of toilets and sanitation has deadly consequences. Despite the evidence that highlights the benefits and great returns of investing in sanitation, it continues to be an unglamorous subject for many policy-makers. Yet the issue of water receives more funding and attention on the global development agenda. But this is gradually changing. The United Nations sixth goal calls for the end of open defecation and adequate sanitation and hygiene for all.

  • In 2013, 1000 children died each day from diarrhoeal diseases due to poor sanitation. These deaths could have been prevented.
  • Clean, safe toilets help keep more girls in school and increase attendance rates. Too many girls miss out on education simply due to the lack of a clean and safe toilet.
  • The 2015 target to halve the amount of people living without sanitation is running 150 years behind schedule! A shocking 1 billion people still practice open defecation.
  • Disease transmission at work, mostly caused by poor sanitation and hygiene practices, causes 17% of all workplace deaths.
  • For every £1 that’s invested in sanitation, there’s an average return of £3 in improved productivity. People’s health is improved and fewer days are lost to illness, girls also stay on at school for longer.
  • In India, the time spent looking for a toilet or finding somewhere to go in the open costs the economy over $10 billion each year in lost productivity.


On World Toilet Day over a billion people have nowhere to go

Even where there are toilets around the world, some of them hardly warrant the name. Just take a look at the below image gallery and you’ll see exactly what we mean.

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Help save lives and put an end to the sanitation crisis on World Toilet Day 2016. It’s time everyone, everywhere had access to a safe toilet. Donate today at

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