new york - Billions of people in the world still do not have a toilet, which makes them susceptible to all sorts of illnesses. In order to draw attention to that, Sunday is World Toilet Day again. The objective is to give everyone access to sanitary facilities in 2030 and to do something about the water contaminated with poo.
More than half of the world's population (4.5 billion people) does not have hygienic sanitary facilities. Almost 870 million people do not have any form of a toilet at all and do 'it' everywhere. As a result, the water contaminated with poo enters the environment on a large scale and causes serious health problems, such as diarrhea, which mainly affects many children.
The United Nations, initiator of the annual theme day, estimates that 80 percent of all toilet waste water is returned to the environment unpurified. Objectives are therefore the hygienic collection of faeces, drainage through sewerage and processing to clean water or to products such as artificial fertilizer. A long-term roadmap has been devised for this. A British university conducts research with homemade fake poo, including hemp fiber and peanut oil.