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Toilets For Health

Monday, 19 November 2012

To mark World Toilet Day, the School has produced a comprehensive report on toilets and sanitation

Did you know that around 2.5 billion people - over a third of the people on this planet - don't have access to proper sanitation? Or that 1 billion people have to go to the toilet in the open?

The new report, Toilets For Health is published this week and is available for download below:

Download the .PDF report. [5.5 MB]

Authored by Dr Elisa Roma and Isabelle Pugh, with additional material by Unilever’s Global Hygiene Manager, Carolyn Jones, the report features an introduction by the School's Hygiene Centre Director Dr Val Curtis, who said:

“Despite the scale of the crisis, sanitation remains a low priority for governments and recent efforts to address this fall far short of what is required. Progress depends on adequate investment and collaborative action across developing country and donor governments, civil society, multilateral agencies, academia and the private sector. All parties have an urgent role to play in supporting national efforts to improve access to sanitation for all.”

The report also reveals that the second biggest killer of children worldwide is diarrhoeal diseases.



The School is currently hosting a Sanitation & Hygiene exhibition (organised with SHARE) showcasing projects and archival material and innovations in low cost toilet technology.

World Toilet Day celebrates its 12th anniversary this year, with activities including The Public Toilet, pictured left.


The School is also heavily involved in the annual Global Handwashing Day, with the latest piece of relevant research being that one in 10 bank cards and one in seven notes are contaminated with faecal organisms.

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