“At present, nearly 663 million people still live without access to improved drinking water sources, roughly 2.4 billion do not have access to safe sanitation, and nearly 1,000 children under five years old die every day because of water and sanitation-related disease.”
This year’s Global Citizen festival featured Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank, and Big Bird discussing toilet use on the main stage in Central Park. Sanitation is finally a top priority. And, it should be. Sanitation costs the world $260B per year in losses.
The World Bank has announced a commitment to invest $15B to fund sanitation globally. That includes safe access to toilets and water.
Read more here: Tweets for toilets: how A-listers saved sanitation
A joint effort by the Tanzanian government and health organizations has helped to decrease the number of cholera cases in the region. Cholera is a water-borne disease caused by drinking contaminated water or food prepared in contaminated water. The group worked together to educate the public on the importance of clean drinking water, proper sanitation and good hygiene.
Read more here: Tanzania: Cholera Spread Seen Shrinking