Did you know that about 3.6 billion people still do not have a toilet that works properly? That is where the United Nations’ Campaign for World Toilet Day begins. The day celebrates toilets and raises awareness for those living without access to safely managed sanitation.

When some people in a community do not have safe toilets, everyone’s health is threatened. Moreover, sanitation contaminates drinking-water sources, rivers, beaches and food crops, spreading deadly diseases among the wider population.

This year’s theme for World Toilet Day is about ‘valuing toilets’ and the UN’s campaign draws attention to underfunded, poorly managed or neglected sanitation drives in many parts of the world, with devastating consequences for health, economics and the environment, particularly in the poorest and most marginalized communities.

The UN also states an instance where every $1 invested in basic sanitation returns up to $5 in saved medical costs and increased productivity, and jobs are created along the entire service chain.

For women and girls, toilets at home, school and at work help them fulfill their professional potential especially during menstruation and pregnancy.

Also read: Common toilets a cause on concern in COVID-19 spread: Assam study

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