Get the runs… for UN World Toilet Day

Here at World Toilet Organization we have a serious case of the runs… The Urgent Runs. The Urgent Run is World Toilet Organization’s advocacy campaign for UN World Toilet Day, to engage people across the globe with sanitation, and call for action to end the sanitation crisis.


Looking Back: Annual Report 2014

Since it was founded in 2001, World Toilet Organization (WTO) has played an important role in legitimizing the sanitation agenda, and shining a spotlight on this challenge. This is evidenced through the achievements of such milestones as having World Toilet Day established by WTO, adopted by the United Nations as an official day in 2013: UN World Toilet Day on 19 November.


Game Changing World Toilet Summit in India

The 14th edition of the World Toilet Summit held in New Delhi, India in January was a game changing summit in support of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision to end the sanitation crisis in India.


College students host show-stopping fundraising event

In March, a group of enthusiastic and very creative students from ITE College Central held a show-stopping fundraising event for World Toilet Organization (WTO). They raised eyebrows as well as some interesting debates on sanitation, and raised funds for the charity.


Singapore students to get hands ‘dirty’ on unique learning trips

GASI, an Educational Exchange Company, to create a truly unique experience for Singaporean secondary school students – taking them to Cambodia to see firsthand what a lack of sanitation looks like, and giving them a true taste of how one third of the world lives.


Rotarians and WTO make a difference in Cambodia

Inspired by the words of World Toilet Organization’s Founder, Jack Sim at their Annual Global Conference the Rotarians of Marina City in Singapore, decided to create a positive and lasting change in a community close to them through sustainable sanitation.


Taking a holistic approach to sanitation in India

In 2010, the UN released statistics showing more people had access to a mobile phone in India than a toilet. Around 45 percent of the population had access to a mobile phone, while only around 31 percent had a toilet. Today, of the 1 billion people that practice open defecation, around 60 percent, or almost 600 million, live in India.


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 Us

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