USAID supports accessible latrines at schools, like this one at Bauleni Special Needs School in Zambia, to help keep girls in school. Photo credit: Water and Development Alliance/Zambia

World Toilet Day

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.

Today, 4.2 billion people live without safely managed sanitation, 673 million still practise open defecation and three billion lack basic handwashing facilities. This sanitation crisis means untreated human waste is spreading diseases into water supplies and the food chain for billions of people. Inadequate sanitation is estimated to cause 432,000 diarrhoeal deaths every year. 

To learn more about World Toilet Day, visit the official UN Water website.

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