HALF OF THE WORLD DOESN'T HAVE A TOILET AT HOME.
And the consequences are dire. Stunting, malnutrition, and death of children under the age of five. iDE is a global nonprofit working for the past decade to solve this crisis in developing countries. And we believe this problem deserves more attention.
To shine a light on how hard it is to find public toilets in some parts of the world, we brought them to New York City.
And if we can expand toilet access here, we can expand it everywhere.
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- 46% of the world does not have a safely working toilet in their home.
- Inadequate sanitation is linked to diarrheal diseases such as cholera and dysentery, which causes stunting and malnutrition in children.
- Diarrhea kills 2,195 children every day—more than AIDS, malaria, and measles combined.
- Diarrheal disease is the second leading cause of death in children under five years old, and is responsible for killing around 525,000 children every year globally.
- Worldwide, hundreds of millions of people are infected by parasitic worms found in contaminated soil due to inadequate or nonexistent sanitation facilities.
- In Cambodia, stunting rates for children under the age of five – low height for age – are at 32 percent. Approximately 50 percent of the population has access to improved sanitation.
- With 70,000 under-five deaths per year due to diarrhea, it is the leading cause of under-5 mortality in Ethiopia.
- It is estimated that over 45% of people in rural Bangladesh still lack access to quality toilets, a country with 164 million people.