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25 March 2020

By Enock Kusasira and Kevin Mwanza BULAMBULI, Uganda – In Uganda’s eastern border district of Bulambuli, there is a town where the mayor put up cows as prizes in a latrine-building competition. To win, the latrines had not only to be the best and the cleanest, but also made of locally-available materials. “We have used […]

17 March 2020

By Renu Kshetry As far back as she can remember, Lakhani Devi Rishidev’s family has never owned their own land. “How could they ever save to buy land? They never even had enough to feed the family,” she says. The stalwart 60-year-old grandmother of seven lives with her sons and their families in a flimsy […]

13 March 2020

  By Machrine Birungi Geneva, SWITZERLAND – Pakistan has come a long way in bringing down open defecation. A recent WHO/UNICEF report shows that the phenomenon has been reduced by around 30 percent since the year 2000. Yet 79 million people still lack access to decent toilets across the country. This poses significant risks to […]

5 March 2020

High precipitation across East Africa attributed to unusually warm Indian Ocean By Aidani Tarimo and Charles Dickson As welcome as the life-giving rains are in Africa, they can also be a menace. Floods resulting from unusually heavy rainfall in Tanzania over recent months have forced thousands to flee their homes for higher ground and caused […]

18 December 2019

Des élèves genevois s’intéressent à la crise sanitaire mondiale Par Francesca Nava GENÈVE – Dans cette école internationale bilingue de Genève, la plupart des élèves n’avaient jamais envisagé de devoir sortir dehors pour faire leurs besoins, et encore moins réfléchi au problème du manque de toilettes dans le monde. Or, le 19 novembre (à l’occasion de la […]

13 December 2019

School children in Geneva reflect on the global sanitation crisis By Francesca Nava   GENEVA – Most children at an international school in Geneva would have never thought twice about going outside to relieve themselves, let alone the lack of toilets across the world. That was until 19 November (World Toilet Day) when more than […]

27 November 2019

Interview with a young entrepreneur that brings a huge impact with a small change By Machrine Birungi   After scanning through hundreds of photos of people squatting on toilets, an Indian product designer took the efficiency and comfort seriously and reinvented the form of a squat toilet. Since Mr Satyajit Mittal from Pune created SquatEase, […]

20 November 2018

By Rolf Luyendijk, Executive Director, WSSCC As we mark World Toilet Day and there is more and more discussion about the importance of dealing with human waste, many people will become embarrassed or shocked, and some would rather avoid the subject altogether. However, the sanitation crisis that exists in many parts of the world, and […]

20 November 2018

We are happy to announce the photo sent by Teo Namata, our member from Uganda, as the winner of the WSSCC World Toilet Day Champion challenge. The picture was taken in Bukala Village, Bunyangabo District, in Uganda and shows women washing their hands after using the toilet. According to Namata, the photo was taken during […]

8 November 2018

For the first time ever, a major public World Toilet Day celebration – the Global Rally for Sanitation – will take place in Geneva on 19 November, at the Place des Nation, from 11:00 to 15:30. Join the rally and help us to send a life-saving message to the world about the critical importance of good […]

7 November 2018

This year’s World Toilet Day will take place on 19 November. The theme, “When Nature Calls”, focuses on the importance of building toilets and sanitation systems that work in harmony with our environment and nature. According to WHO/UNICEF, 4.5 billion people live without a safe toilet and 892 million people still practise open defecation – […]

31 October 2018

The World Toilet Day is celebrated on 19 November and is about taking action to ensure that everyone has a safe toilet by 2030. As part of this year’s celebration, WSSCC is organizing a photo contest for members called the “World Toilet Day Champion challenge”. The goal is to showcase the diverse and meaningful work that […]