New Delhi: Every year November 19 is celebrated as World Toilet Day, with a unique theme, and this year the theme is ‘Valuing Toilets’. According to the latest WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) report, Progress on sanitation and hygiene is badly off track – for the 3.6 billion people currently without safely managed sanitation, it’s clear there will be no sustainable future without toilets. UN says that the governments must work four times faster and ensure toilets for all by 2030.
Many personalities took to Twitter to raise awareness about the importance of Toilets on the occasion of World Toilet Day. António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations called for ‘massive investment & innovation in sanitation for all’.
Life without a toilet is dirty, dangerous and undignified. Every day, 700 children under 5 die from diseases linked to unsafe water and sanitation. Toilets save lives. On #WorldToiletDay, I call for massive investment & innovation in sanitation for all.
Life without a toilet is dirty, dangerous and undignified.
Every day, 700 children under 5 die from diseases linked to unsafe water and sanitation. Toilets save lives.
— António Guterres (@antonioguterres) November 19, 2021
“Who cares about toilets? 3.6 billion people do,” says UN Water.
Who cares about toilets?
3.6 billion people do. Because they have nowhere safe to go.
If you have a toilet, thank it for maintaining our dignity and health. Toilets at schools means girls can keep learning while menstruating.
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— UN-Water (@UN_Water) November 19, 2021
Every child has the right to a toilet. Yet half the world lacks safe sanitation. Governments must ensure toilets for all by 2030, tweeted UNICEF.
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Every child has the right to a toilet. Yet half the world lacks safe sanitation. Governments must ensure toilets for all by 2030. pic.twitter.com/8EUj6tf844
— UNICEF (@UNICEF) November 19, 2021
G Kishan Reddy, Union Minister For Culture, Tourism And Development Of North Eastern Region (DoNER) said we must highlight the importance of sanitation, he tweeted,
On this #WorldToiletDay let us all come together to give impetus to #SwachhBharatAbhiyan of the @narendramodi govt. During the times of #COVID19 let us highlight the importance of sanitation & hygiene in preventing infectious diseases & improving public health.
— G Kishan Reddy (@kishanreddybjp) November 19, 2021
The official Twitter Handle of Niti Aayog says that investment in sanitation has yielded quality results and that India is ensuring it that no one is left behind.
Investment in #sanitation has yielded quality results. Ensuring access to hygienic toilets to build a healthy nation. The Government through @swachhbharat is leaving no one behind in its quest for a Swachh and Swasth Bharat! #WorldToiletDay2021
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Ensuring access to hygienic toilets ????to build a healthy nation.
— NITI Aayog (@NITIAayog) November 19, 2021
WaterAid says that living without a safe toilet threatens the health and livelihoods of billions of people.
This #WorldToiletDay, we call for more funding for decent toilets, and better working conditions for #SanitationWorkers.
Living without a safe toilet threatens the health and livelihoods of billions of people.
— WaterAid Global (@wateraid) November 17, 2021
The official account of the MyGov Assam tweeted that access to sanitation is a key benchmark of development as it listed the importance of ‘valuing toilets.’
Access to sanitation is a key benchmark of development.
— MyGov Assam (@mygovassam) November 19, 2021
NDTV – Dettol have been working towards a clean and healthy India since 2014 via the Banega Swachh India initiative, which is helmed by Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan. The campaign aims to highlight the inter-dependency of humans and the environment, and of humans on one another with the focus on One Health, One Planet, One Future – Leaving No One Behind. It stresses on the need to take care of, and consider, everyone’s health in India – especially vulnerable communities – the LGBTQ population, indigenous people, India’s different tribes, ethnic and linguistic minorities, people with disabilities, migrants, geographically remote populations, gender and sexual minorities. In wake of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the need for WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) is reaffirmed as handwashing is one of the ways to prevent Coronavirus infection and other diseases. The campaign will continue to raise awareness on the same along with focussing on the importance of nutrition and healthcare for women and children, fight malnutrition, mental wellbeing, self care, science and health, adolescent health & gender awareness. Along with the health of people, the campaign has realised the need to also take care of the health of the eco-system. Our environment is fragile due to human activity, which is not only over-exploiting available resources, but also generating immense pollution as a result of using and extracting those resources. The imbalance has also led to immense biodiversity loss that has caused one of the biggest threats to human survival – climate change. It has now been described as a “code red for humanity.” The campaign will continue to cover issues like air pollution, waste management, plastic ban, manual scavenging and sanitation workers and menstrual hygiene. Banega Swasth India will also be taking forward the dream of Swasth Bharat, the campaign feels that only a Swachh or clean India where toilets are used and open defecation free (ODF) status achieved as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014, can eradicate diseases like diahorrea and the country can become a Swasth or healthy India.