Its 'World Toilet Day' today!

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I am going to talk SHIT here, seriously!

Do you know close to 65 percent (82 crore) of our population lack proper SHITting facilities.

62 crore of them do it out in the open - half of them being females.

Who wait for the darkness to set in - to relieve their natural urge.

Who have to risk their dignity and safety - not to mention health and environmental hazard it poses - for this simple and natural act.

We celebrate the 2nd World Toilet Day today on November 19, 2014.

About the Day

  • The day was introduced last year by the UN to mark the foundation day of World Toilet Organization on November 19.
  • World Toilet Organization: Established on November 19 in 2001, with intent to promote clean sanitation and public health policies.
  • The theme for this year observance is "Equality, Dignity and the Link Between Gender-Based Violence and Sanitation".

Eye-opener facts

  • As per UN, every third women on the planet lack access to safe toilets, exposing themselves to diseases, shame and potential violence in the process.
  • Around 2.5 billion people (35 percent of humanity) in the world do not have proper sanitation facility, and 1.1 billion people defecate in the open.
  • India is the biggest culprit in the world followed by China (61 crore) and Indonesia (11 crore) respectively.
  • Getting sanitation for everybody could save the lives of around 200,000 children per year.
  • It could bring a 35 per cent reduction of diarrhoea, which causes around 75,000 deaths of children under the age of 5 every year.

UN on sanitation: Getting sanitation for everybody by 2015 was one of the UN’s eight goals when the millennium started but with present speed it will take it 60 more years to achieve that.

India facts

  • India has more mobile phones than toilets.
  • Some 47 per cent of India's 330 million households have toilet facilities while 63 per cent of homes have phone connections.
  • Lack of proper sanitation is a leading causes for water-borne diseases like diarrhoea and stunted growth in children.
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