World Toilet Day 2020: Sustainable Sanitation and Climate Change, November 19, 2020

World Toilet Day 2020

Join USAID and its partners to celebrate World Toilet Day 2020 this November 19. This year, World Toilet Day serves as a reminder of the importance of sustainable sanitation, alongside clean water and handwashing facilities, to help protect and maintain our health security and stop the spread of deadly infectious diseases such as COVID-19, cholera, and typhoid. This year's theme for World Toilet Day is Sustainable Sanitation and Climate Change.

USAID helps partner countries reach the poor and underserved to end open defecation, gain first-time or improved access to basic sanitation services, move progressively toward safely managed services, and create hygiene behavior change that lasts. Furthermore, USAID prioritizes safely managed sanitation services that improve health outcomes and reduce pollution that comes from improper treatment. This entails a focus on not only containment, but also the emptying, transport, treatment, and safe disposal of waste. Any USAID investment in management of fecal waste must account for the final destination of the waste and take measures to ensure waste is not illegally dumped in the environment. USAID also supports programming to reduce communities’ vulnerability to water-related risks. Some examples include the provision of historical data, modeling tools, and vulnerability mapping to help communities and institutions analyze, predict, and plan for water-related risks such as droughts, floods, and projected long-term trends in water availability.

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World Toilet Day is a United Nations Observance that celebrates toilets and raises awareness of the 4.2 billion people living without access to safely managed sanitation. 

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