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Toileting with Dignity

Have you ever been troubled with traditional toilet system during your travels to any rural areas? Such toilets face problems of having old, dirty and inconvenient facility, some are uncovered or even exposed to the environment, and all you want is just to pull up your pants after taking a poop, checking all your belongings before leaving for fear that they will fall off and get all dirty. Would these be your inner voice when you encounter such unhygienic toilet surroundings?

 

“Toilet Revolution” is crucial for human beings. About 3 years of a person’s life are spent in the toilet. The daily behavior of going to the toilet is the “BIG LITTLE THING” of each and every one of us.

 

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One should never take toilets for granted. Don’t freak out, but their connection to an unmanaged sewage disposal system may harm your body and even kill you.

 

Exposed faeces will be easily transferred back into food crops and water resources; lack of sewage system contributes to disease spread among a wide range of population; These, coupled with the lack of good hygiene habits (such as handwashing), poor toilet sanitation can result in long-term unhealthy ecosystem.

 

Look at some of the key facts and figures about the toilet sanitation crisis.

 

● Globally, at least 2 billion people use a drinking water source contaminated with faeces. (WHO/UNICEF 2019).

 

● Some 829,000 people are estimated to die each year from diarrhea as a result of unsafe drinking-water, sanitation and hand hygiene. (WHO 2019)

 

● 1 in 4 people – 2 billion people – around the world lack access to safely managed drinking water services and 3.6 billion people lack safely managed sanitation services. (WHO/UNICEF 2021)

 

Hygiene promotion is the most cost effective health intervention (World Bank 2016) and this is the problem that World Toilet Day addresses, to draw global attention to toilet crisis.

 

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Water is deeply related to life, and “access to safe water and sanitation are human rights”, as recognized in 2010 by the United Nations General Assembly.

 

From a personal perspective, obviously, if the right drinking water treatment devices are not equipped, we will be at high risk of drinking contaminated water.