World Toilet Day

HOPE’87, with its humanitarian aid project in Myanmar, set itself the goal to provide water, sanitation and hygiene as well as to respond to the nutrition and health needs of the internally displaced people living in the camps of Paletwa. In doing so, safe and clean toilets have been constructed, which are separately accessible for women and men and four latrines were specially constructed for people with disabilities, serving a total of 2,000 IDPs. This is especially important in order to provide access to clean latrines with correct faeces disposal, as new refugees arrive in the camps every day, making the situation increasingly precarious.

In line with the Word Toilet Day, which is celebrated on November 19th, we should all care more about toilets, because life without a toilet is dirty, dangerous and undignified. Furthermore, public health depends on toilets and toilets drive improvements in gender equality, education, economics and the environment.

When some people in a community do not have safe toilets, everyone’s health is threatened. Poor sanitation contaminates drinking-water sources, rivers, beaches and food crops, spreading deadly diseases among the wider population. Therefore, there will be no sustainable future without toilets for all.

However, toilets as well as the sanitation systems that support them are underfunded, poorly managed or neglected in many parts of the world, with devastating consequences for health, economics and the environment, particularly in the poorest and most marginalized communities. For women and girls, toilets at home, school and at work help them fulfil their potential and play their full role in society, especially during menstruation and pregnancy.

According to WHO/UNICEF (2021), there are still 3.6 billion people worldwide who do not have access to a safely managed sanitation service. Therefore, we must take action to tackle the global sanitation crisis and achieve Sustainable Development Goal 6: water and sanitation for all by 2030.