World Portable Sanitation Day
2.5 billion people lack access to adequate sanitation
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 2.5 billion people globally – about a third of the world’s population – lack access to adequate sanitation. Of them, 946 million defecate in the open.* Additionally, between 2003 and 2012, an average of 216 million people were affected annually by natural disasters,** often resulting in compromised sanitation for individuals and communities.
August 15, 2014 marked the inaugural celebration of WPSD, and kicked off an ongoing campaign to raise awareness and promote change by engaging people all over the world in expanding access to sustainable sanitation. Over time, it is the goal of WPSD to transform their interest and ingenuity into local solutions that prevent the spread of disease, save water, and improve the quality of life.
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