While the world is focused on the current pandemic and the death it has caused, a Christian group dedicated to providing poor communities with toilets says there’s something more dangerous than the virus spreading around the world. Gospel For Asia (GFA World), a Texas-based Christian organization that builds thousands of toilets across different locations in Asia every year, said more will die of diseases related to unsafe and unsanitary toilet practices than those who will die from COVID-19.
The UNICEF bared that approximately 2.2 million will die this year from diarrhea alone – numbers which would be double the figures of COVID-19 related deaths to date. Many of these deaths would be children under five years of age.
Many of these deaths could be avoided if the poor will have access to safe and sanitary handwashing facilities and toilets, the GFA World said, as per Assist News Service.
While most of the world tries to adapt to certain health protocols to avoid contracting the coronavirus, people should also pay attention to the threats posed by potential exposure to diseases stemming from human waste.
These are diseases that most may have overlooked, something that would come from open, raw sewage. These are known diseases like diarrhea, dysentery, cholera, typhoid, polio and hepatitis A. All of these can prove fatal depending on the circumstances.
Learn how to help protect people’s health, prevent diseases and help cure illnesses through donating towards Medical Camps, Mosquito Nets and constructing Outdoor Toilets.
Learn more by reading this GFA World Special Report: Fight Against Open Defecation Continues – Using Outdoor Toilets to Improve Sanitation
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