World Water Day and Toilet Twinning campaigns helping raise global sanitary standards
Water is essential to our health as well as our social and economic development, yet more than 844 million people are currently living without a safe supply close to home. Even more (2 billion people) use a source of drinking water contaminated with faeces putting them at risk of contracting a host of diseases including cholera, dysentery and typhoid.
According to the World Health Organisation, unsafe water, poor sanitation and hygiene cause around 842,000 deaths per year. With that grim statistic in mind, Interfix has given its support to a superb initiative aimed at improving the dreadful sanitary conditions some of the world’s poor are forced to live in. Toilet Twinning is a fundraising programme on behalf of Tearfund, an international relief and development agency focused on enabling people in developing countries access to clean water, a basic toilet and learn about hygiene. Its support is urgently needed. Almost 1000 children die every day due to diseases caused by dirty water and poor sanitation. This figure, although deplorable, is sadly unsurprising when it’s considered 2.3 billion people in the world do not have access to a safe, hygienic loo.
Toilets, as a topic, often engender a sense of mirth in countries with nothing but ‘First World’ problems to consider. But they are no laughing matter for communities denied the most basic sanitation. A simple toilet enables a family to take the first step out of generational poverty by preventing disease and ensuring people remain healthy enough to work and earn money. It’s why campaigns such as Toilet Twinning are so important to the global community. Clean water and basic sanitation should be a right for all, not just those living in wealthy countries.
Interfix has spent 30 successful years supplying schools and workplaces with the highest- quality washrooms and toilet facilities. Lending our support to the excellent Toilet Twinning programme fills us with equal pride.