World Toilet Day 2016
Surely in the 21st century there can’t be that great a number of people who have to survive day to day life without access to a toilet. Surprisingly 2.4 billion people live without access to a toilet and 1 in 10 people has no choice but to defecate in the open exposing them to all manner of risks and diseases. These facts, along with others, have been released as part of World Toilet Day which takes place on 19th November. The initiative was set up in 2013 by UN-Water in collaboration with governments and partners and aims to educate people on the lack of toilets available around the world.
This year’s theme is “Sanitation and Jobs” and looks at how lack of toilets can affect the local economy. The lack of access to a toilet can cause poor health leading to employee sick days as well as reduced concentration and decreased productivity.
As well as ensuring the entire population have access to a toilet it is also important to maintain the upkeep of existing toilets within a work place. Many workplaces are providing their employees with inadequate toilet facilities. Toilets that have not been renovated for 20 or 30 years. In some cases staff are so put off by the current toilet facilities they will often prevent going to the toilet at work and wait until there is a more suitable option available which can cause health issues such as bladder infections.
In today’s society it is easy to take for granted necessities that many of the world’s population will see as a luxury. It is important that toilets are made available to the world’s workforce and that these toilets are of the highest possible standard. Find out more about World Toilet Day and details on how to donate here http://www.worldtoiletday.info/