WaterAid Zambia Welcomes World Toilet Day

The Water Aid Zambia (WAZ) has welcomed the historic decision of the United Nations General Assembly to declare 19 November as World Toilet Day to help boost efforts to bring sanitation to all and end open defecation.
WAZ Country Representative, Fatoumata Haidara, said Water Aid welcomes this recognition of the global sanitation crisis, and the need for the UN and member states to take action. She said the declaration is a sign that governments recognize that toilets for all is essential for saving children’s lives.
Haidara noted that 2.5 billion people around the World lack access to safe sanitation while over 700,000 children die every year from diarrhea caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation. She said the figure translates into almost 2,000 children a day.
She has since pledged to work with other organization to use World Toilet day to draw attention to governments of the enormous scale of the problem.
UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson – former Chair of WaterAid Sweden, – also welcomed the declaration, saying: “This new annual observance will go a long way toward raising awareness about need for all human beings to have access to sanitation.”
The UN General Assembly resolution was unanimously adopted on Wednesday 24th July 2013 in New York and calls on UN Member States and partners to promote behaviour change and policies to increase access to sanitation for the poor, along with a call to end the practice of open defecation.
World Toilet Day has previously been marked by WaterAid and International and civil society organizations all over the world. However, it was not formally recognized as an official UN day until now.
This is according to a statement released on Saturday July 27, 2013