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World Toilet Day Celebration in Liberia/WaterAid releases staggering report on global sanitation

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John Kumeh, Monrovia, Liberia – As part of World Toilet Day 2016 Celebration in Liberia, the British Charity WaterAid has released a staggering report on the status of sanitation globally.

Jubilant residents of Congo Town viewing the new Toilet Facilities, photo by John Kumeh

Jubilant residents of Congo Town viewing the new Toilet Facilities, photo by John Kumeh

The findings by the British charity contained in a report named Overflowing cities…..The State of the World’s Toilets 2016.

The report reveals India, the third-biggest economy on Earth – as the worst country in the world for numbers of urban-dwellers without private toilets followed by China and Nigeria.

The report says, one third of Liberia’s population practice open defecation with 1 million 620,000 urban population living without improved sanitation, while 500 plus children die from preventative diseases.

According to the report, in Liberia 32 percent of children are stunted as a result of diseases associated with poor sanitation.

The report examines the state of urban sanitation globally, an issue that is becoming more pressing as two-thirds of the global population is expected to live in towns and cities by 2050.

Speaking during a press briefing in Gbarnga, Bong County, the team leader of WaterAid Liberia, Chuchu Selma called on National Government to provide public toilet facilities to urban dwellers, including slums.

WaterAid Liberia/ Sierra Leone Team Leader, Chuchu Selma speaking at 2016 World Toilet Day Celebration

WaterAid Liberia/ Sierra Leone Team Leader, Chuchu Selma speaking at 2016 World Toilet Day Celebration

In term of improved living conditions, he urged corporate organizations to play pivotal role in society by supporting initiatives aimed at raising the profile of slum dwellers.

The British charity head also admonished Liberians to respect sanitation workers as well as provide them better incentives and decent salaries.

Africa’s biggest economy, Nigeria, is falling furthest behind in reaching its urban population with access to toilet facilities, while China is making effort in reaching its urban population with sanitation.

Statistic shows that around 315,000 children die each year from diarrhoeal caused by dirty water and poor sanitation. That’s almost 900 children each day, or a child every two minute.

Also in the report, war-ravaged South Sudan, the world’s newest nation, is the worst country in the world for urban sanitation in percentage terms. An estimated 84% of urbanites have no access to public lactrine, urban-dweller there practice open defecation.

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