Improved toilets, improved lives

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It may sound strange to a lot of people that there is a World Toilet Day in the calendar. Indeed, 19th November is an official United Nations international observance day to inspire action to tackle the global sanitation crisis.

The world is not on track to reach Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6: to ensure availability and sustainable management of sanitation and water for all by 2030.[1]

Today, 4.5 billion people live without safely managed sanitation and 892 million people still practise open defecation.[2]

The impact of exposure to human feces on this scale has a devastating impact upon public health, living conditions, nutrition, education and economic productivity across the world.

SDG 6 aims to ensure that everyone has a safe toilet and that no-one practises open defecation by 2030. Failure to achieve this goal risks the entire Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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World Toilet Day 2018 is about toilets and nature

We must build toilets and sanitation systems that work in harmony with our environment. When nature calls, we have to listen and act.

Nature-based solutions to the sanitation and water crisis harness the power of ecosystems:

  • Composting latrines that capture and treat human waste on site, producing a free supply of fertiliser to help grow crops.
  • Human-made wetlands and reed-beds filter waste water before it is released back into water courses.

In Vietnam, ChildFund has worked with communities in the past 25 years to address these issues. In some of the areas, positive changes have been recorded. Let’s see what we are doing in Tan Lac, one of the remote areas in Hoa Binh, a northern province in Vietnam, in the short video below.

The triple septic, pour flush toilets are easy to construct and help with improving the access to sanitation in an environment friendly way.

 

[1] United Nations (2018): Sustainable Development Goal 6 Synthesis Report 2018 on Water and Sanitation: http://www.unwater.org/un-reports-that-world-is-off-track-on-water-and-sanitation-goal/

[2] WHO/UNICEF (2017): http://www.who.int/en/news-room/detail/12-07-2017-2-1-billion-people-lack-safe-drinking-water-at-home-more-than-twice-as-many-lack-safe-sanitation

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