The United Nations in a bid to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal 6 chose the 19th of November every year as World Toilet Day so as to deal with the sanitation crisis globally. Approximately, more than half of the global population, about 4.2 billion people live without safely managed sanitation and 673 million people still practice open defecation worldwide leading to diseases that are life-threatening.
The improper way people pass out human waste and poor sanitation in some parts of the world has led to deaths caused by diarrheal diseases which have killed about 432,000 every year. Young children under the age of 5 have been recorded to be the highest number of those affected by these diseases gotten from unsafe drinking water, poor hand hygiene and sanitation.
World Toilet Day is a day created to address the global sanitation predicament in order to save peoples’ lives. This year’s theme is: ‘Leaving No One Behind’; the theme is expressing the fact that everyone deserves and should have access to good sanitation, which can as well be said to be their human right. It preaches that access to safe toilets must be expanded to all.
Peace and Conflict Resolution Resource Centre (PEACrEc) on this World Toilet Day summon all Governments, Agencies, and the necessary Stakeholders to work together in providing safe toilets for all their populace and to also put in place structures that will ensure good sanitation in their societies because this will help to prevent deaths and also ensure peaceful living.