World Toilet Day: November 19

Around the world more people have a mobile phone than have a toilet. This amazing statistic is possible because we live in a world where 2.5 billion people don’t have access to a toilet. International Medical Corps advocates for the right for every person to share the dignity and equality of improved sanitation. That's why we’re supporting the global celebrations for World Toilet Day this November 19.

Did you know?

  • 1 billion people practice open defecation
  • Every day, around 1,400 children die due to diarrhea caused by a lack of access to safe toilets and clean water
  • Women and girls living without toilets spend 97 billion hours a year walking to unhealthy and sometimes unsafe locations to defecate
  • Only 45% of schools in the least developed and low-income countries have adequate sanitation facilities

As a leader in water and sanitation in health settings, International Medical Corps is proud to mark World Toilet Day and celebrate the work of our teams around the world in the last year. This World Toilet Day also falls at the critical one-year mark of the devastation left by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Since the disaster, International Medical Corps hygiene promoters have taught over 4,000 students the importance of sanitation; including 15-year-old Hygiene Champion, Kate. Read Kate's story.

Our Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Team Leader, Carmen, reported that water systems in the Philippines are sparse or absent in some areas, often hampered by the lack of power. Especially troubling, open defecation is an increasing concern after the typhoon, with continued efforts to increase the number of pit latrines available.

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For 30 years, International Medical Corps has worked to relieve the suffering of those impacted by war, natural disaster and disease by delivering vital health care services that focus on training, helping devastated populations return to self-reliance.