Two years ago, Marhaba published a feature article on World Toilet Day. In that article, the number of households around the world with no access to proper toilets was 2.5 billion. This year, according to the latest data from the United Nations, the number of households has risen to 4.5 billion, 2 billion more from 2015! Is this alarming?

Why Mark a Special Day for Toilets? 

World Toilet Day, celebrated every year on 19 November, is not simply about toilets. It’s all about inspiring action to tackle the global sanitation crisis. Improper waste disposal could lead to grave consequences. At a time when natural resources are getting depleted at an alarming rate, everyone, even those not directly affected by this crisis should get involve.

What we can do. In Qatar, proper sanitation and access to clean water is not much of a problem. These things are a given and we are luckier than most people, so why worry about it? We should worry because 4.5 billion households lacking proper sanitation leads to waste contaminating global communities, waterways and even food sources. These could lead to diseases and in worst cases, death.

The UN campaign calls for an urgent need to break the taboos surrounding ‘toilets’ and human waste, and prioritise sanitation as a global development issue. Awareness and openly talking about poo and pee allows for involving and informing people, and promotes a greater understanding of the issue, which can then lead to positive change.

Watch this UN video to learn more about pees and poos. 

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