In this world, 2.4 billion people-- 1 in 3 people-- do not have access to a toilet.
A lack of toilets remains one of the leading causes of infectious diseases and death among children.
UNICEF estimates that more than 800 children die each day from diarrheal diseases, which are largely preventable with improvements in water, sanitation and hygiene.
World Toilet Day was recognized by UN general assembly in July 24, 2013.
This international day of action aims to raise global awareness of the daily struggle for proper sanitation that a staggering 2.4 billion people face, and to draw attention to the global sanitation challenge, showing that toilets can save a number of lives by preventing infectious diseases.
As a leading UN agency to promote Water and Sanitation, UNICEF is increasingly emphasizing sanitation, expanding its own programmes of support in countries around the world and advocating for an increased focus on sanitation by governments and funding partners.
REPORT OF THE WHO/UNICEF JOINT MONITORING PROGRAMME FOR WATER SUPPLY AND SANITATION (JMP)
WHO/UNICEF highlight need to further reduce gaps in access to improved drinking water and sanitation(8 May 2014)
New commitments in water and sanitation will transform children's lives(11 April 2014)
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