World Toilet Summit in Kuching, Malaysia

The 15th edition of World Toilet Summit & Expo will be organised for the first time in Kuching, Malaysia from 27 – 29 October 2016. The theme for this year’s summit is “Happy Toilet Healthy City”. Find out more @

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Back to School: Hygiene Promotion, China

Building toilets alone isn’t enough to see the full benefits of improved sanitation in schools. A pilot Hygiene Promotion Class was recently conducted in Tai Ping Primary School in Hubei, China, as part of our Rainbow Toilet Program. Find out how the week-long class saw students and facilitators moved to tears!

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MoU signed with Andhra Pradesh Government

In 2015 our founder Jack Sim was appointed as co-convenor of Swachha Andhra Pradesh (AP), and we’ve been working closely with the Government ever since. We’ve signed an MOU with the Swachha Andhra Corporation, Government of AP, to formalise this work with the mission of making AP State a ‘Sanitation Model of Excellence’!

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Toilets & Hygiene for Floating Schools

For families and children living on Cambodia's largest lake, the Tonle Sap, their houses and schools actually float on the lake! World Toilet Organization partnered with Wetlands Work! in late 2015 for a project to install revolutionary floating toilets and introduce sanitation and hygiene education in these floating schools in Cambodia.

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Childcare Centre cleaning training

Proper hygiene and sanitation in childcare settings is crucial to ensure the health, wellbeing and happiness of toddlers and young children, and prevent the spread of illnesses and disease outbreaks. World Toilet Organization conducted cleaning training workshops in February for childcare centre attendants in Singapore as part of its World Toilet College program.

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Sanitation Research with LKY School in India

As part of our close collaboration with the State Government of Andhra Pradesh, India, we’re collaborating with Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, for research to contribute to understand the reasons for the gaps between toilet ownership and usage, and provide recommendations to improve sanitation in the state.

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What’s UN World Toilet Day?

World Toilet Organization was founded on 19 November 2001 and the inaugural World Toilet Summit was held on the same day, the first global summit of its kind. We recognised the need for an international day to draw global attention to the sanitation crisis – and so we established World Toilet Day on 19 November. World Toilet Day has continued to garner support over the years, with NGOs, the private sector, civil society organisations and the international community joined in to mark the global day. READ MORE

Why Toilets?

A world body on toilets — are you kidding me? Your toilet is more important than you think. Let’s take a look at some quick facts about the sanitation crisis.


1000 children died per day from diarrhoeal diseases due to poor sanitation in 2013. These deaths are preventable.


Clean and safe toilets help keep more girls in school and increase attendance rates. Far too many girls miss out on education just because of the lack of a clean and safe toilet.


The 2015 goal to halve the proportion of people living without sanitation is running 150 years behind schedule. 1 billion (15 % of the world population) still practice open defecation.


Every $1 spent on water and sanitation generates a $4.3 return in the form of reduced health care costs.

Health, dignity and well-being for all through sustainable sanitation


A clean and safe toilet ensures health, dignity and well-being — yet 40% of the world’s population does not have access to toilets. World Toilet Organization is a global non-profit committed to improving toilet and sanitation conditions worldwide. We believe in empowering individuals through education, training and building local marketplace opportunities to advocate for clean and safe sanitation facilities in their communities.

What We Do

The 2015 Millennium Development Goal target on sanitation remains the most off-track of all the MDG goals. The reason: The silence surrounding the sanitation crisis.

World Toilet Organization is one of the few organizations whose sole focus is on toilets
and sanitation. Breaking the silence on the sanitation crisis is at the heart of what we do.
And here’s how we do it.



Global advocacy day for toilets and sanitation celebrated annually on 19 November

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Empowering trainers and sanitation workers in both urban and rural contexts

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Annual conference that brings together key stakeholders and decision-makers in the sanitation sector

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Social enterprise with the mission to create a sustainable sanitation ecosystem in local communities

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Join the global sanitation movement today and let’s work together to make clean and safe toilets a priority!