Today is World Toilet Day

Today, Tuesday, 19th November 2019 is World Toilet Day and the Global theme is "Leaving No One Behind," which emphasizes the importance of expanding sanitation access to the more than 4.2 billion people living without safely managed sanitation options.

Ghana has been observing Toilet Day since 2009, four years before the United Nations designated 19 November as World Toilet Day.

The purpose of the observance is to raise awareness about the challenges and deadly health consequences of poor sanitation in some parts of the world, particularly sub-Saharan Africa and Asia, and to encourage the formulation and implementation of policies that increase access to improved sanitation.

There are approximately four million households in Ghana who do not have a toilet for exclusive use by their families. While access to basic sanitation has increased from 21% to 25% in urban areas, statistics have proven that it is the poorest who are more likely to practice open defecation.

This means that out of every 100 people, 63 of them don't have toilet facilities, a situation experts say has an adverse health effect on people.

Similarly, in Ghana, figures suggest only 15 percent of the over 27 million population have access to safe latrines.

This has serious consequences for people’s dignity, health and ability to work or attend school.

Source: Kofi Atakora/

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