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World Toilet Day

World Toilet Day

World Toilet Day is observed every year on 19 November. The day aims to inspire action to tackle the global sanitation crisis.

Key Points:

  • Toilets can save lives as human waste spreads killer diseases. This day aims to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG-6), which promises sanitation for all by 2030.
  • The theme for World Toilet Day 2019, as announced by the United Nations, is "Leaving No One Behind." The theme aims to tackle the global sanitation crisis.
  • According to the UN report, approximately 637 million people across the world still defecate in the open. It is noted that nearly 2,97,000 children under the age of five die are estimated to die each year due to diseases such as unsafe drinking water, hand hygiene, and sanitation.
  • The report further said that the lack of sanitation is estimated to cause 4,32,000 diarrhoeal deaths every year. It is also the cause of several diseases, which include trachoma, intestinal worms, and schistosomiasis.

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