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The provision of sustainable sanitation for all is one of the world’s most important development priorities, yet 4.5 billion people lack access to a safe toilet. Past efforts to provide greater sanitation access, such as direct government provision and full, blanket subsidies for toilets, have proven to be ineffective or unsustainable in many developing countries, prompting some to focus on market-based sanitation (MBS) as an alternative. However, market-based approaches have proven difficult to scale up.
Portia Persley, deputy director of the USAID Water Office is also a Toilet Board Coalition Steering Committee Member.
November 19 marks World Toilet Day, an annual global event organized by UN Water to raise awareness of the crucial role that sanitation plays in reducing disease and creating healthier communities.
The theme of this year's observance is "Nature-Based Solutions" to harness the power of ecosystems to tackle the sanitation and water crisis. Nature-based solutions include:
USAID increasing access to basic sanitation through Digni Loo. The video includes and interview with Akua Kwarteng Addo, Director of Health Population and Nutrition, at USAID/Ghana. It was produced by GoodLife, Live It Well, the Government of Ghana’s flagship public health communication brand.
On November 19, World Toilet Day will be celebrated around the world, drawing attention to the crucial role that sanitation improvements play in creating healthier communities.
This Sunday, November 19, let’s take some time to reflect. For billions in the developing world proper sanitation can mean the difference between education and ignorance, health and illness, prosperity and poverty. But 2.5 billion people still don’t have access to a toilet, and 11 percent of the world’s population still defecates in the open.