Urine trou­ble: Find­ing a toi­let in cities around the world is no easy task

Kuwait Times - - HEALTH -

NEW YORK: With more peo­ple than ever be­fore mi­grat­ing to cities, find­ing a toi­let is not only a chore but a pub­lic health is­sue for hun­dreds of mil­lions of peo­ple around the world, Wateraid, a san­i­ta­tion char­ity, said on Thurs­day. Nearly one in five city dwellers, or about 700 mil­lion peo­ple world­wide do not have ac­cess to de­cent toi­lets, ac­cord­ing to the Bri­tain-based Wateraid. About 600 mil­lion peo­ple use dirty or crowded com­mu­nal toi­lets and pit or bucket la­trines, while some 100 mil­lion have no fa­cil­i­ties at all, it said. En­sur­ing san­i­ta­tion for all by 2030 was among the global de­vel­op­ment goals adopted last year by the 193 mem­bers of the United Na­tions. Here are a few facts from Wateraid’s re­port on ur­ban ar­eas where toi­let trou­bles are most press­ing:

1 In­dia has the high­est num­ber of ur­ban dwellers who do not have ac­cess to safe and pri­vate toi­lets - 157 mil­lion peo­ple.

2 Eight Olympic-sized swim­ming pools could be filled daily with ex­cre­ment pro­duced by In­dia’s 41 mil­lion ur­ban res­i­dents who must defe­cate in the open.

3 The 10 coun­tries with the most ur­ban dwellers lack­ing ac­cess to safe and pri­vate toi­lets are: In­dia, China, Nige­ria, In­done­sia, Rus­sia, Bangladesh, the Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Congo, Brazil, Ethiopia and Pak­istan. 4- The 10 coun­tries with the least num­ber of safe and pri­vate toi­lets per capita in ur­ban ar­eas are all lo­cated in Africa. In de­scend­ing or­der, they are South Su­dan, Mada­gas­car, the Repub­lic of Congo, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Togo, Ethiopia, Liberia, the Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Congo and Uganda.

—AFP

IN­DIA: In­dian skilled work­ers build toi­lets at a fac­tory in Morbi, some 230km from Ahmed­abad, yes­ter­day, on the eve of World Toi­let Day. World Toi­let Day (WTD), held to­day each year, is a cam­paign held around the world to mo­bi­lize peo­ple over is­sues sur­round­ing health and san­i­ta­tion.

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