Sanitation is a basic human right, so it’s hard to imagine that a staggering one third of the world’s population does not have access to improved sanitation. Domestos, is working to change this, in support of the UN’s 17 Global Goals.
Around the world, 2.4 billion people are without access to improved sanitation and, of these, a staggering 1 billion people practise open defecation, putting themselves and their communities at risk of diseases such as diarrhoea, cholera and typhoid.
These diseases pose grave threats to the most vulnerable. It’s estimated that more than 340,000 children under the age of five die annually from diarrhoeal diseases due to poor sanitation, poor hygiene, or unsafe drinking water – that’s almost 1,000 per day! School children are prone to falling ill and feeling unwell and, as a result, an estimated 443 million school days are missed every year1. That’s the same as every school in Britain being empty for 3 months!
Unilever supports the UN’s Global Goals For Sustainable Development. Since we launched our Sustainable Living Plan in 2010, we have worked with families, communities and households all around the world to help make a difference to millions of lives by showing how small actions can help create a bright future. Global Goal number 6 – Clean Water & Sanitation will work to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for everyone, everywhere, at all ages.
As part of the ‘Destroy Germs, Protect Children’ campaign, Domestos and the Unilever Foundation joined forces with UNICEF to help improve access to water, sanitation, and hygiene in areas that need it most. Through UNICEF's Community Approaches to Total Sanitation (CATS) programme, Domestos and the Unilever Foundation has helped provide improved facilities for thousands of people across nine countries: Gambia, Ghana, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, The Philippines, South Sudan, Sudan and Vietnam.
We are committed to helping 25 million people gain improved access to a toilet by 2020.With improved facilities and resources, we can support families around the world in making changes that will reduce open defecation practices and help end hygiene-related disease, giving millions of children the chance to lead healthier lives.
Through the partnership, 1.32 million people have already gained improved sanitation since 2012, meaning 655,000 people now live in open defecation free villages with access to sanitation facilities. Mothers, like Mary Natie and Susanna Paul, are just two people that have benefitted from the programme. Now that their village in South Sudan is open defecation free, they say they have hope they will never again have to bury a child who died from diarrhoea.
We believe in a future where everyone has access to a clean, safe toilet. These global sanitation programmes are not only helping to prevent diseases, they are helping to build economies and restore dignity. Domestos’ mission is closely aligned with the UN’s Global Goal number 6 on water and sanitation, which is why the team were on site at this year’s Global Citizen Festival in New York to highlight the importance of ending open defecation, worldwide.
This World Toilet Day: 19th November 2015, help us support the #GlobalGoals for a #brightFuture. There are lots of ways we can all help to improve sanitation for millions of families.
Here are some of them: