A shocking 2.4 billion people – one in three of the world’s population – don’t have a safe, private place to go to the loo.

1 billion people are forced to go to the toilet out in the open, and faecal sludge from city toilets is tipped into the environment, including waterways.

This causes the spread of diseases like cholera, which claim the lives of 1,000 young children every day, keep many more children out of school and prevent adults from working.

At Practical Action, we’re determined to change this.

In September 2015, the UN agreed a Global Goal to deliver access to water, sanitation and hygiene to everyone, everywhere by 2030.

This ambitious goal is achievable but requires political will, financing and clear targets and indicators to monitor progress and ensure we deliver. We need to make sure that nobody is left behind because at the moment there is not enough focus on poor people living in urban slums.

So we’re using World Toilet Day to get people talking about toilets and why they are so critical to achieving the wider goal of ending extreme poverty.

Find out more in this World Toilet Day blog by Gemma Hume

Yesterday I told one of my friends that I was writing a blog for World Toilet Day and he laughed at me! "You're kidding? There is actually a World Toilet Day? What will they think of next?"

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Last year we helped over 620,000 improve access to water, sanitation and waste services

What we do

Practical Action deliver significant water supply, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programmes and we are ambitious to do more. We’re promoting the community-led total sanitation approach with partners and local governments, demonstrating best practice and developing innovative technologies for clean water and waste management.

We also advocate tirelessly to demand that governments, both nationally and at city levels, include poor people in their sanitation planning and provide transparency on sanitation spending.

Read more about our water and sanitation work

Check out the proud owners of these toilets that we’ve helped build around the world

How you can help

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