According to WHO/UNICEF, around 60% of the global population – 4.5 billion people – either have no toilet at home or one that doesn’t safely manage excreta.
On November 19th, World Toilet Day (WTD) draws attention to the critical challenge of managing wastewater. WTD partners raise the question, ‘Where does our poo go?’
For billions of people around the world, sanitation systems are either non-existent or ineffective. Globally, 80% of the wastewater generated by society flows back into the ecosystem without being treated or reused. Poo gets out and killer diseases spread, meaning progress in health and child mortality is seriously undermined.
To achieve SDG 6 and especially its Target 6.2, we need everyone’s poo to be captured, transported, treated and disposed of in a safe and sustainable way.
The opportunities from using wastewater as a resource are enormous. Safely managed wastewater is an affordable and sustainable source of not only water, but energy, nutrients and other recoverable materials.
To support our members and partners global, regional and national WTD initiatives, WSSCC is pleased to share the following information and resources:
After WTD, WSSCC would like to feature our members’ events on wsscc.org and include them in the members’ newsletter. Please send information with photos and videos to email@example.com and include the subject line ‘World Toilet Day 2017’.
Peer-to-peer sharing set to accelerate a sanitation campaign in Cambodia By Renu Kshetry KATHMANDU, Nepal – A five-day examination of Nepal’s implementation strategies to achieve open defecation free (ODF) status has equipped 18 delegates visiting from Cambodia with a number of best practices they plan to put to good use back home. The peer-to-peer learning […]
After ODF, Kenyan households benefit from improved latrines during heavy rains By Kevin Mwanza BUSIA, Kenya – Heavy rains in western Kenya nearly spelled tragedy for a man in the county of Busia last November when the floor slab of a public pit latrine collapsed while he was inside. Fortunately, he managed to climb out […]
By Trupti Ashtankar and Charlotte Jenner Mumbai, India – In many communities across India, menstruation and related hygiene practices are socially and culturally sensitive issues, shrouded in silence and perpetuated by myths or social taboos. As a result, women (and men) often lack essential information about the cause of menstruation, as well as safe menstrual […]
Demolishing menstrual huts, a powerful start, but how do we demolish the mindset? By Renu Kshetry “I never understood why I was kept in a dark room for seven days when I menstruated for the first time,” says Bunu Dhungana, “or why I was considered untouchable for four days every month.” In her native Nepal, […]