World Toilet Day: 10% of Pakistan’s population forced to defecate in the open
World Toilet Day is being observed all over the world today. 10% of Pakistan’s population is deprived of toilet facilities and is forced to defecate in the open.
This day was celebrated in 2013 with the aim of convincing people that a safe and regular toilet is essential for maintaining good health. Its unavailability or unsafe presence causes various diseases in children and adults.
In 2015, the United Nations declared the provision of toilets for every person as one of the universal human rights, but even in the 21st century, more than 2 billion people around the world lack basic toilet facilities.
More than 600 million people worldwide are forced to defecate in the open and only 45% of the world’s population has access to clean and safe toilets. In addition, 3 billion people worldwide do not have access to basic hand washing facilities.
Due to this poor sanitation system, 800 children under the age of 5 worldwide die of diarrhea, diarrhea and typhoid every day.
Similarly, sewage-related diseases kill 829,000 people worldwide each year.
Everyone has the right to safe and hygienic sanitation services that provide privacy and ensure dignity.
— United Nations (@UN) November 19, 2020