Tue Nov 16, 2010, 6:17 AM
Ok, it's not as funny as you might think. World Toilet Day ( worldtoilet.org/index.asp ) brings awareness to the fact that billions of people - that's billions, with a b - live without basic sanitation.
-2.6 billion people worldwide are without access to proper sanitation, which risks their health, strips their dignity, and kills 1.8 million people, mostly children, a year.
-Diarrheal diseases kill five times as many children in the developing world as HIV/AIDS. That's 5,000 children DYING EVERY SINGLE DAY.
-Not only that, but the disease kills more children than either malaria or AIDS, stunts growth, and forces millions - adults and children alike - to spend weeks at a time off work or school, which hits both a country's economy and its citizens' chances of a better future. The majority of the illness in the world is caused by fecal matter.
-Lack of sanitation is the world's biggest cause of infection.
-One gram of feces can contain 10 million viruses, one million bacteria, 1,000 parasite cysts and 100 parasite eggs.
-Safe disposal of children's feces leads to a reduction of nearly 40% in childhood diarrhea.
What you can do: www.worldtoilet.org/wtd/ … just money - they need people to spread the word, and to help with ideas, events, etc.)
"Sanitation is Dignity"
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