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World Toilet Day 2017: We need to talk about poo…

Posted on: November 15, 2017
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– Did you know that Human poo is around 75% water? The rest is made up from solid matter, from indigestible food, fats and dead bacteria. Source

About 100 to 250 grams (3 to 8 ounces) of faeces are excreted by a human adult daily. Source

– Cell debris shed from the mucous membrane of the intestinal tract also passes in the waste material, as do bile pigments (bilirubin) and dead leukocytes (white blood cells). Source

– Cell debris shed from the mucous membrane of the intestinal tract also passes in the waste material, as do bile pigments (bilirubin) and dead leukocytes (white blood cells). Source

– The brown colour of faeces is due to the action of bacteria on bilirubin, which is the end product of the breakdown of haemoglobin (red blood cells). Source

– It has been proven that we have evolved disgust as an adaptive system for disease avoidance behaviours! <- Yes, really! Source 

Are you feeling unwell yet? Imagine what life would be like if you had absolutely no way of safely disposing of it…

Safely disposing of faecal waste is one of the most important factors for a healthy population, be it in cities, towns, informal settlements and slums. Many children don’t get to see their 5th birthday because of dehydration caused by diarrhoea. In fact an estimated 1,400 children die every day. (WHO, 2017)

The average Briton spends over three years sitting on a toilet in their lifetime, yet there are around 4.5 billion people in the developing world who’ve never had the luxury.

Sunday 19th November is World Toilet Day, a day to raise awareness about the global crisis of sanitation and how action needs to be taken. Across the world 1 in 3 people don’t have access to a basic toilet. Poor sanitation puts children at high risk of developing diseases such as diarrhoea which can lead to stunted growth, malnutrition and often fatality.

No other invention in the whole of human history has saved more lives than the toilet. 

Our work in Malawi includes training and mentoring entrepreneurs to manufacture and install range of toilets in both rural and urban communities, so that people can safely dispose of faecal waste and minimise the risk of contamination and disease. We help these entrepreneurs develop financially sustainable businesses which sell a range of ‘sanitation options’ at different costs so that everyone can invest in and improve their health.

We also work on hygiene promotion campaigns across communities to increase awareness and demand for sanitation products, including providing advice and guidance on how people can build their own safe latrines. Toilets really do save lives!

No-one in the 21st century should be dying unnecessarily because of poo. Help us stop it.

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