World Toilet Day: It’s no joke!

World Toilet Day: It’s no joke!

The international World Toilet Day on 19 November is about raising awareness of the importance of sanitation. A shocking 2.3 billion people – one in three of the world’s population – do not have access to a safe toilet. Sadly, 1,400 children die each day from diarrhoea caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation.
World Toilet Day: It's no joke!

The day was created in 2001 by the World Toilet Organisation to raise global awareness of the struggle faced by 2.3 billion people living without access to proper and safe sanitation. Since 2013 World Toilet Day has been officially recognised by the United Nations as a day to raise awareness of the importance of sanitation. The day is also used to explore some of the health, emotional and psychological consequences people endure as a result of not having access to a proper, safe toilet.

Today World Toilet Day is marked and celebrated around the globe, with scores of events being hosted by various water and sanitation organisations and advocates, including WaterAid.

Get involved

Check out WaterAid’s creative World Toilet Day fundraising campaigns and handy resources and get involved in one of their campaigns:

  • ‘Share a joke’ on social media with hashtags #itsnojoke #worldtoiletday #wateraid
  • ‘Host a Comedy Night In’
  • ‘Pay for Pee – at work or school’.

More information

More information on World Toilet Day 2015 and this year’s focus on the link between sanitation and nutrition is available on the UN’s World Toilet Day website.


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