Sanitation for communities

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SANITATION FOR COMMUNITIES
19 November 2013
SANITATION FOR COMMUNITIES
SANITATION FACTS
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• 40% of people in the world still do not have a toilet
• November 19th is World Toilet Day – stand up for the right to a
toilet!
SANITATION FOR COMMUNITIES
SANITATION KEEPS FAMILIES HEALTHY
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• Sanitation can keep your family healthy
• One gram of human faeces can contain:
• 10,000,000 viruses
• 1,000,000 bacteria
• 1,000 parasite cysts
• 100 parasite eggs
SANITATION FOR COMMUNITIES
SANITATION KEEPS FAMILIES HEALTHY
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Cholera
Dysentery
Worms
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Trachoma
Pneumonia
Malnutrition
• Diarrhoea kills 1 million children each year
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• Improved sanitation and hygiene can reduce:
SANITATION FOR COMMUNITIES
SANITATION IMPROVES WOMEN’S LIVES
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• Defecating in the open leaves women and girls at risk for sexual
harassment and sexual assault
• Ecological sanitation can provide additional nutrients for your crops
SANITATION FOR COMMUNITIES
SANITATION HELPS CHILDREN GET AN EDUCATION
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• In areas with poor sanitation, children carry up to 1000 worms at one time,
making it difficult to attend and focus on school
• Girls are less likely to attend school and remain in school after puberty if
adequate sanitation facilities are not available
• Improved sanitation could add 200 million days of school attendance per
year
SANITATION FOR COMMUNITIES
SANITATION SUSTAINS CLEAN ENVIRONMENTS
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• Without sanitation facilities, sewage is often discharged untreated into
rivers, lakes and coastal areas
• 90% of diarrhoeal diseases are linked to environmental pollution
www.sanitationdrive2015.org
Leanne Burney, UN Secretary-General's Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation
Email: [email protected]
Therese Dooley, UNICEF
Email: [email protected]
Amanda Marlin, Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council
Email: [email protected]
Corinne Schuster-Wallace, United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health
Email: [email protected]
SANITATION FOR COMMUNITIES
Improve your family’s lives – Stand up for your right to a toilet!
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