Thinking while on the toilet is a common pastime for many of us. So today, while you are doing the necessary, why don’t you think about this . . .

  • 2.6 billion people do not have somewhere safe, private or hygienic to go to the toilet.
  • One gram of feces can contain 10 million viruses, one million bacteria, 1000 parasite cysts and 100 parasite eggs.
  • Earlier this year the readers of the BMJ (British Medical Journal) voted sewage disposal and clean water supplies the single most important medical advance, beating a shortlist which included antibiotics, anaesthesia, vaccines and DNA.
  • Today, thousands of people around the world will literally be dying for a toilet.

Today (19th November) is World Toilet Day – a day to celebrate the humble, yet vitally important, toilet and to raise awareness of the global sanitation crisis.

For more information and ways to get actively involved in solving this devastating, global problem, please visit WaterAid.