Today on World Toilet Day, more than half of the world’s population lack access to a clean, safe, and working toilet. This poses a major health threat.
But toilets alone won’t solve this sanitation crisis.
To ensure healthy communities and a clean environment, governments also need to prioritize safe toilet waste treatment - especially in cities where waste is a growing issue. Without waste treatment, poop ends up in drinking water which causes fatal health consequences like diarrhea - killing 1,400 children every single day.
The situation in the Pacific is especially critical, such as in Papua New Guinea or the Solomon Islands, where only 13% of households have access to basic sanitation.
It’s crucial that the Australian government invests in sanitation for cities and ensures access to clean water and toilets for 50 million people by 2030.