Since 2001, the United Nations have designated 19th November (today!) as World Toilet Day. The day presents an opportunity to highlight the importance of sanitation and the plight faced by millions of people across the world who are unable to access adequate sanitation facilities.
An estimated 2.5 billion people across the globe do not have access to adequate sanitation, which results in as many as 2.2 million deaths per year. Such figures are startling as they reflect the extent of insufficient sanitation on a global scale. What is more, the sheer number of deaths that occur every year illustrate the ramifications that poor sanitation can have for health and well being. Raw sewage that accumulates due to limited toilet facilities provides a perfect breeding ground for harmful bacteria. Inevitably, this leads to a host of preventable illnesses and diseases, such as, cholera, typhoid and diarrhoea.
Yet, despite this, sanitation continues to be an often neglected matter as it is seldom recognised as a separate and significant issue outside the confines of related topics, such as, water and hygiene. The neglect of sanitation, in comparison to other matters concerned with international development, is further illustrated by the prediction that the Millennium Development Goal* (MDG) for sanitation** will fall short of its target by 8%. Thus, while many of the MDGs have either surpassed or are on track to meet their targets, it is apparent that the target to increase access to sanitation is lagging well behind several other MDGs.
This is where WellFound come in. Through the installation of latrines, we continue to provide some of the most vulnerable West African communities with access to adequate sanitation. While recognising the association that can exist between clean drinking water and adequate sanitation, WellFound also takes the time and effort to address each issue separately, so as to ensure that projects enhance the health and well-being of villagers efficiently.
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* The Millennium Development Goals are a set of 8 universally agreed goals which aim to significantly reduce poverty by 2015.
**Target 7.C of the Millennium Development Goals sets out a commitment, on behalf of the world’s governments, to ‘halve, by 2015, the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation.’