The lack of school toilets threatens 620 million children – a report


Lack of an appropriate school toilets threatens health, education and security of at least 620 million children around the world, said the charity WaterAid in a new study published on Friday.

Children in one of the three schools do not have access to adequate sanitary facilities, which is why they are threatened with diarrhea and other infections, leaving some completely missed out, according to a study based on data from 101 countries.

Guinea-Bissau in West Africa has the worst school toilets, while Ethiopian children are the worst at home, leaving 93 percent of homes without a wedding party according to the report, before World Day WC on Monday.

"The message here is that water and sanitation affect everyone," said WaterAid Anna France-Williams Foundation Foundation Thomson Reuters.

If there is no schooling in schools, children will miss their lessons and influence their growing up.

Anna France-Williams, Head of WaterAid

The lack of proper sanitation threatens millions of children worldwide, causing diarrhea that kills 289,000 puppies each year, WaterAid said.

But some regions have begun to cleanse their actions – especially in South Asia, where access to sanitation in schools has improved.

More than half of schools in Bangladesh now have access to decent toilets, 73% of schools in India and 76% of Bhutanese students have access to basic sanitary facilities.

Akramul Islam, director of water, sanitation and hygiene at the charity foundation of Bangladesh Brac, said that once a high level of open movement in the country – using open land and not toilets – was now below 1%.

"Today, schools have separate sanitary facilities for girls and boys and deals with the issue of menstrual hygiene," he said.

An open toilet is visible in a field in Gorby, eastern Indian state of Chhattisgarh, India. Picture: Adnan Abidi / Reuters / Picture of the film

"This is due to the initiatives of government and non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders."

Despite improvements, more than a third of girls in South Asia are missing from schooling between one to three days a month in the period, WaterAid said, demanding greater investment in basic sanitation.

"If we are serious about all children and young people, wherever they are, irrespective of gender, physical fitness or community that have the right to clean water and sanitation, we need to take decisive and inclusive action now," said Tim Wainwright, executive director.

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