It’s World Toilet Day… but who cares or really thinks about toilets? 3.6 billion people, do because that’s about how many people don’t have one that works properly in the world.

World Toilet Day is all about valuing toilets for everything they do for us, from “the obvious,” to protecting our health, safety, and dignity.

Unfortunately, not everyone can take toilets for granted. Millions of people still don’t have a safe toilet. If you’re fortunate enough to have one, say thanks, and give it some “love.”

Public health depends on toilets. Unless everybody in a community has a safe toilet, everybody’s health is threatened. Poor sanitation contaminates drinking-water sources, rivers, beaches, and food crops, spreading deadly diseases among the wider population.

Toilets also enable quality health care. The presence of safe, clean, accessible, and acceptable toilets in health facilities is a non-negotiable basic requirement. Proper toilets in health facilities protect dignity, prevent infections in patients, staff, and visitors, and ensure quality care.

World Toilet Day celebrates toilets and raises awareness for those living without access to safely managed sanitation.

So, next time you “sit down,” think about it, and feel grateful. 🙂