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Why Toilets?


An average person spends 813 days in the bathroom throughout their life — that’s over 2 years of your life. Your toilet is more important than you think.

CHILDREN

Some 297 000 children – more than 800 every day – under five die annually from diarrhoeal diseases due to poor sanitation, poor hygiene, or unsafe drinking water. These deaths are preventable (WHO 2019).

EDUCATION/GIRLS

Almost half of the schools in the world do not have handwashing facilities with soap and water available to students. 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. (WHO/UNICEF 2020)

OPEN DEFECATION

Over half of the global population or 4.2 billion people lack safe sanitation. Globally, at least 2 billion people use a drinking water source contaminated with feces. (WHO/UNICEF 2019)

INVESTMENT

For every $1 invested in basic sanitation, the return is $2.5. And in the case of basic sanitation in rural areas, every $1 returns on average more than $5 in saved medical costs and increased productivity. (Hutton et al. 2015)

Check Out

WTO started the World Toilet College (WTC) in 2005 as a social enterprise in Singapore. To address the gap in education and…

THE WORLD TOILET COLLEGE – INDIA World Toilet College was launched in 2016 in Rishikesh in partnership with local…

In 2015, President Xi Jinping realized that most rural areas in China are still using the traditional dry toilet system and called…

Following the successful proof of concept in Rishikesh, WTC expanded further to Maharashtra, Aurangabad in partnership…

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