More people will die from diseases linked to lack of toilets and poor sanitation than from COVID-19 this year, a leading humanitarian agency has warned.
So far this year, more than 1.2 million deaths worldwide have been attributed to the pandemic, but it’s likely millions more will die from exposure to diseases carried by human waste—diseases that don’t make the headlines.
As millions across the developing world relieve themselves in the open, raw sewage spawns a multitude of deadly diseases. Excrement attracts flies that quickly spread diarrhea, dysentery, cholera, typhoid, polio and hepatitis A.
UNICEF, the U.N. children’s agency, said 2.2 million people worldwide will die this year from diarrhea alone—nearly double the number of COVID-19 deaths recorded so far.
Many of those deaths—mostly children under 5—could be avoided if the world’s poor had access to safe, sanitary toilets and hand-washing facilities, according to Gospel for Asia (GFA World,), a Texas-based Christian organization that builds thousands of new toilets across Asia every year.
Report Reveals Toilet Crisis Misery
The crisis misery of the 4.2 billion people—over half the world’s population—who don’t have a toilet at home or safe sanitation is revealed in a shocking new GFA World report, Fight Against Open Defecation Continues, marking World Toilet Day on Thursday, Nov. 19.
Learn more by reading this GFA World Special Report: Fight Against Open Defecation Continues – Using Outdoor Toilets to Improve Sanitation
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