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WASH SDG Consortium joint statement for World Toilet Day

Today (November 19, 2018) is World Toilet Day! The theme this year is: toilets and nature. You have probably used the toilet already without giving it much thought. Here are some facts to think about during your next visit:


  • Today, 4.5 billion people live without safely managed sanitation [source: WHO/Unicef 2017]. 1 in 3 people (2.3 billion in total!) still do not have basic sanitation facilities such as toilets or latrines. Of these, 892 million still defecate in the open, for example in street gutters, behind bushes or into open bodies of water. [WHO, 2017]
  • An average person will visit the toilet (or equivalent) more than 2,500 times in a year. For those of you with a flush toilet, an average flush can use between 1.6 gallons (6 litres) and 3.6 gallons (13.6 litres). That is a lot of fresh water going, literally, down the drain…
  • Almost 20% of the people do not wash their hands after they visit toilet. Of those that do, only 30% use soap.
  • Lack of suitable toilets and sanitation and hygiene kills nearly 1.8 million people every year, many of them being children.
  • 30,000 trees are used every day to make toilet paper for the world supply.

The WASH SDG programme aims to sustainably improve access to, and use of, safe drinking water for at least 450,000 people, sanitation for at least 2 million people and improve the hygiene behaviours of 1,6 million people before the end of 2022. The programme is implemented in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Nepal, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. We will use the WHO UNICEF JMP sanitation ladder to measure progress in the coming years.

If you want to know more about the WASH SDG programme in general, please contact Eva Duarte Davidson at washsdg@simavi.nl

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