So do you spend a penny, water the flowers, have a jimmy or just relieve yourself? Or as we've heard here in Tanzania, go to make a report? Do you go to the john, the WC, the loo, lavatory or latrine? Did you know that Wednesday, November 19th is WORLD TOILET DAY? It sounds a bit funny, but it's no laughing matter and definitely a message that needs to go out. The aim of World Toilet Day is to draw attention to the fact that billions of people in the world lack access to good sanitation. And this huge sanitation problem is causing thousands of deaths. According to WaterAid, around 700,000 children die every year from diarrhoea caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation – that's almost 2,000 children a day.
Now, I can't say that I really think that people all over the world participating in a Big Squat at noon on Wednesday is going to completely solve the problem, but it can't be a bad idea to let people know about the situation.
|Louisa "squats" in a toilet seat!|
Poor Sanitation ...
|It's easy to see here how poor sanitation breeds disease|
|Village school toilets|
|Village home toilet|
Improved Sanitation ...
|New toilet blocks (EI Iringa)|
|New concrete toilet blocks, with hand washing similar to the tippy tap idea|
|Outside the new toilet|
|Volunteers Island Community Health Meeting|
So thank you! And if you would like to further support the health work on the islands, or raise some funds in a fun way in honour of WORLD TOILET DAY, let us know and we can put you in contact with Dr. Makori! Please help us share the scoop on sanitation!
A few more facts from WaterAid. Did you know that...
Every year, around 60 million children are born into homes without access to sanitation.
More people in the world have a mobile phone than a toilet.