World Toilet Day highlights 2.5 billion living without proper sanitation

World Toilet Day today (November 19) will see events around the world to highlight the plight of millions of people living without proper sanitation.

One of the events for the international World Toilet Day saw the first public urine diverting dry toilet in Western Georgia will be opened in the kindergarten of Khamiskuri, Khobi district by.

Not only are the new toilets indoors, as opposed to the previously used pit latrines, they are specifically adapted to children's use, have hand washing facilities and most importantly - they no longer smell.

A spokesman for World Toilet Day explained: "In many rural areas of Georgia, children do not have access to adequate sanitation at home and at schools and kindergartens.

"They rely on dirty and old pit latrines that are unhygienic but especially very unhealthy.

"The pit latrines can usually be found far from school buildings, cold in the harsh Caucasian winters and posing considerable health risks especially for small children.

"Visiting the pit latrines is often so unhealthy that teachers and nurses rather prefer the children to defecate out in the open."

World Toilet Day raises the problem of inadequate sanitation and trys to help the estimated 2.5 billion people who do not have access to proper facilities.

You can also track your own toilet waste by clicking here to go to World Toilet Day's Flush Tracker.

Luke Walsh



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