World Toilet marked 19th Nov each year is used to raise awareness on the challenges faced by 4.2 billion people the world over living without access to safely managed sanitation.
It is also used to amplify actions to tackle the global sanitation crisis and achieve Sustainable Development Goal 6, which is targeted at water and sanitation for all by 2030.
This year the theme highlights the importance of “Sustainable sanitation and climate change”.
This is apt because scenarios globally have shown that Climate change is accelerating flood, drought, and rising sea levels. And these factors threaten sanitation systems – from toilets to septic tanks to treatment plants. Floodwater alsi contaminate wells used for drinking water.
And when flooding damage toilets, human waste spread into communities and food crops, causing deadly and chronic diseases.
Sustainable sanitation, clean water and handwashing facilities, experts advice help protect and maintain health security and stop the spread of deadly infectious diseases, including COVID-19, cholera, and typhoid.