This post is sponsored by Domestos, for World Toilet Day.
We’ve just returned from Fiji, and while we had an amazing time, we are all a bit sick. I’ve picked up a bad chest infection and an ear infection, and Mr 2 has managed to catch a gastro bug.
Because we live in Australia I’ve been able to see a doctor, get antibiotics and proper treatment for us. My son has access to clean drinking water, he will be kept hydrated with electrolyte drinks and when I wasn’t improving my GP was able to have me admitted to hospital… FREE.
I don’t have any fear that these illnesses will lead to death, because I know we can receive the care we need. In a few days we will be back to normal and all will be forgotten.
This is not the case for millions of other young kids around the world. Did you know that a child dies of diarrhoea every two minutes, largely due to the lack of properly sanitised toilet facilities? Imagine not being able to protect your baby from dying from a preventable disease.
Living in Australia we take so many things for granted. Easy access to high quality health care, free schooling, clean running water and plentiful access to sanitation facilities.
950 million people around the world still have no access to sanitation facilities. They have no safe toilet to access, let alone clean running water.
In the developing world 443 million school days are missed each year because of sickness caused by unsanitary toilets. That’s the equivalent of 6 months of schooling! It might not seem that a toilet it a big deal but the ramifications of a lack of proper sanitation and widespread.
World Toilet Day
November 19th is World Toilet Day, and Domestos is on a mission to help provide 25 million people with improved access to a toilet by 2020, as toilets do change lives.
Access to a safe toilet can…
- Help prevent dangerous diseases such as diarrhoea, which kills a child every 2 minutes.
- Protect women and girls from the risk of shame, harassment and even attack because they have nowhere safe to go to the toilet.
- Help children grow up healthy, prevent growth stunting and help them stay in school.
How can you help?
Domestos is asking people to partner with them to help raise funds for sanitation programs.
- Buy a bottle of specially marked Domestos. Each bottle sold contributes directly to UNICEF’s global sanitation programmes. Buy a bottle, help change a life today.
- Watch and share this video below to help spread the word about the importance of toilets for children’s health, safety and education.
Share the video with this link… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ca2i9-c88LA
- Celebrate your loo…
Life really is lovelier with a loo!
A clean safe toilet means:
- Better education due to less illness and times missed from school
- Better health. Access to safe, clean, toilets can help make a whole community, especially its children healthy.
- Better safety. Access to a safe, secure toilet means people, especially women, avoid the risk of harassment, rape or animal attacks when they go to the toilet in the open.
- More time. Less time spent searching for a safe place to go to the toilet means more time with family, in school and with friends.
- More confidence. Especially for girls who have a safe, clean and private place to use when they have their period.
- Better community spririt. Communities work together to build safe, hygienic toilet facilities that give them a great sense of achievement.
- Knowing that they as a community are contributing to a healthy future for their children.
- Better hygiene. Safe, clean toilets in a community mean human waste doesn’t contaminate the environment, the home, and the food or water sources.
- More happiness. A healthy, hygienic community is happier!
If you’d like more information and to find out how Domestos are working to keep kids in the classroom visit http://www.domestos.com.au/article/category/990542/our-mission