1. 2.4 billion people lack adequate sanitation.
That is 1 in 3 people worldwide.
2. 1.1 billion people still practise open-air defecation.
That is the same number as the population of North, Central and South America put together. See how we’re working alongside communities in Ghana to end open defecation.
3. The average person goes to the toilet between 4 and 10 times per day.
For those people who don’t have access to clean toilets, that represents a big, daily challenge.
4. 290 billion kilos of faeces are produced globally each year.
One gramme of faeces is home to 10 million viruses ― toilets are essential to prevent human waste from contaminating our environment. See how we’re promoting good hygiene practices in Laos.
5. Over the past 200 years, toilets have added 20 years to the lifespan of humans.
6. Nearly 2/3 of primary schools in developing countries do not have separate bathrooms for girls and boys.
Research shows that single-gender bathrooms help improve school attendance, especially for girls.
7. Over 20% of girls in India drop out of school when they start having periods due to the lack of safe, private toilets.
Providing girls with a private, hygienic place to manage their periods helps them feel less self-conscious and reduces the chances of them dropping out of school. Learn more about our work on menstrual hygiene management.
8. Improved sanitation can reduce the number of cases of diarrhea by 37.5%.
Toilets help prevent the key cause of diarrhea ― ingesting water or food contaminated by human waste.
9. Diarrhea kills more children worldwide than HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined.
Unicef statistics estimate that 1.5 million children under 5 die from diarrhea each year.
10. 1 in 3 school-aged children in developing countries have intestinal worms.
Clean toilets significantly reduce the risk of intestinal parasites and other neglected tropical diseases.
Plan International is working to increase access to sustainable toilets that address girls’ specific needs. Last year alone we helped 4.8 million people gain access to sanitation facilities. In addition, we are calling on governments and donors to meet the promise of universal sanitation by 2030 made as part of the global goals.