[World Toilet Day] Sanitarian, egalitarian, economic, safety... Accessing to toilets is a major human development issue
On the occasion of the World Toilet Day, the Fondation SUEZ recalled the vital importance of access to sanitary facilities, toilets or latrines.
It is a vital issue: accessing to toilets reduces waterborne diseases (including diarrhea), which are all too often fatal for infants and children. These diseases impact the daily lives of the sick: school absences, inability to work ... these states affect schooling and economic activity. Access to toilets is a challenge of education and dignity. A lack of toilets at school, especially for girls, will reduce school attendance.
Therefore, accessing to toilets also becomes a gender issue: women and girls say they do not always feel safe or at ease, and the feeling can grow stronger when it comes to using toilets in refugee camps, where many of the facilities are not equipped with a roof or a lockable door. In fact, poor facilities increase the risk of aggression, abuse and harassment.
Women are thus ready to eat and drink less than needed, to avoid using the toilet too frequently, which aggravates poor nutrition and sometimes leads to infections. This is why the Fondation SUEZ, within the framework of the projects of NGOs and international solidarity associations it supports, has participated in setting up of more than 46,000 * toilets in developing countries.
* period of 2011-2017, including the SUEZ Inititatives Fund activity