Thursday, 19 November 2009

Nov 19: World Toilet Day

I almost missed it ! I was too upset over the Ireland loss yesterday !

November 19th is World Toilet Day. Sounds odd or funny but it's a serious global health issue. About half of the world's population don't have access to toilets and / or proper sanitation. Diseases as simple as diarrhea kill about 5,000 children per day according to the WTO. That's five times as many children that die of HIV/AIDS.

Oh, the WTO ? That's the World Toilet Organization. A non-profit made up of 200 or so educational, social and global health groups. Of course, they do have to have a sense of humour about themselves. One of the global events this year is The Big Squat and they do have an interesting links page of toilet related links, posters, songs amongst their more serious publications.

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