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World Toilet Day

On World Toilet Day, World Bank Warns Over 600 Million Indians Defecate In The Open

Posted 11.19.2013 | World

Over 600 million people in India, or more than 53 percent of Indian households, defecate without using a toilet or latrine. A new report by the World ...

World Toilet Day: Governments, Civil Society And Business Must Work Together to Tackle Sanitation For Women's Health

Jean-Laurent Ingles | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Jean-Laurent Ingles

Sanitation and hygiene are motors which drive health, social and economic development around the world. An environment that lacks sanitation and clean water is an environment where achieving other development goals is an impossible dream.

A Simple Toilet Can Put An End To Poverty

Jaehyang So | Posted 11.19.2013 | Impact
Jaehyang So

In any given country, when we talk about securing food, water and health, as a development community we need to look the problem square in the eye and ask ourselves, have we at least covered basic human sanitation and hygiene?

When It Comes to Health and Dignity, There Is Nothing More Powerful Than a Toilet

David Winder | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
David Winder

One in three people globally do not have access to a toilet. The lack of sanitation is an acute public health issue with serious consequences -- and not only when disaster strikes.

Troubled Water in Zimbabwe on World Toilet Day

Human Rights Watch | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Human Rights Watch

The water and sanitation crisis in Zimbabwe's capital, Harare, places millions of residents at risk of waterborne disease. Five years after cholera killed over 4,000 people and sickened 100,000 more, the conditions that allowed the epidemic to flourish persist in Harare's high-density suburbs.

Pooping In This Bag Could Save Lives

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 11.19.2013 | Impact

It didn't take Tuesday's World Toilet Day for a Swedish firm to get to work on the global sanitation crisis. Peepoople has been testing its biodeg...

Take a Plunge and Clean the Sh.t.

Swati Desai, Ph.D., LCSW | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Swati Desai, Ph.D., LCSW

Sitting on a warmed up toilet seat, it is hard to imagine the magnitude and the dire consequences of the open defecation accepted by over 2.5 billion people in the world as their everyday reality.

The Best Investment You Ever Sat On

John Kluge | Posted 11.27.2013 | Impact
John Kluge

The Water for the World Act currently before Congress puts the power of the U.S. government behind those efforts. It supports effective, localized sanitation improvement programs with transparent monitoring systems, all without adding a dime to the deficit. It deserves your attention, and your support.

Finding Inspiration In Toilets!

Sunnie Groeneveld | Posted 05.01.2013 | Impact
Sunnie Groeneveld

What drives an accomplished businessman to devote his life's work to toilets? And how can you remain inspired and engaged for over a decade when your main concern literally is the matter of shit?

Matt Damon: I'm Not Using A Toilet Until The Water Crisis Is Solved

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 02.13.2013 | Impact

Matt Damon will not use a bathroom –- at least not until the world water crisis is solved. The Oscar-winning actor and activist has moved beyond ...

Women Step up to Tackle the Sanitation Crisis

David Winder | Posted 01.30.2013 | Impact
David Winder

While women suffer the most from poor sanitation, they are also key to the success of many community and household sanitation solutions.

How Does The UN Choose Its Awareness Days? | Posted 11.28.2012 | Impact

WORLD Toilet Day was on November 19th. World Television Day has just passed. International Civil Aviation Day is on December 7th and International Mou...

World Toilet Day Has a Different Meaning in Chicago

Henry Henderson | Posted 01.21.2013 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

While we celebrate the civilizing influence of indoor plumbing on International Toilet Day, there is nothing civil about the Greater Chicago Region dumping intestinal miasma on our southward neighbors.

The Economy Is in the Toilet -- Literally

Amber Stenson | Posted 01.21.2013 | Impact
Amber Stenson

We all chuckle at good potty humor, but, all jokes aside, the global sanitation crisis is no laughing matter. It's important to remember a crisis that is so often forgotten and to look toward solutions that can create transformative change.

Toilet Humor for Social Good

Matthew Bishop | Posted 01.19.2013 | Impact
Matthew Bishop

With today being World Toilet Day, what better moment to applaud Mr. Sim's tremendous achievements in pushing hygenic toilets for the world's poor to the top of the global agenda?

World Toilet Day Facts: More People Own A Cellphone Than A Toilet

Huffington Post | Jessica Prois | Posted 01.07.2013 | Impact

Talking sh*t, giving a sh*t -- as catchy as the campaigns around World Toilet Day may be, they also serve to highlight a serious problem surrounding l...

World Toilet Day November 19th

Gary White | Posted 11.15.2012 | Impact
Gary White

How much do you know about the water and sanitation crisis? Take a short quiz with Matt Damon, co-founder of, to find out.

Global Handwashing Day Highlights 3,000 Kids Who Die From Diarrhea Each Day

The Huffington Post | Posted 10.15.2012 | Impact

Every day, 3,000 children under the age of five still die from diarrhea, making it the second most common cause of child mortality worldwide, The Guar...

In Honor of World Toilet Day, "Let's Talk Sh*t"

Gary White | Posted 01.19.2012 | Impact
Gary White

We can all agree on the gravity of this challenge and the efficacy of solutions -- solutions that were developed more than 100 years ago. Yet today, more people have access to a cell phone than a toilet. Proper toilets and safe water are inextricably linked.

Pay-Per-Use Toilets Come To 'Silicon Valley Of Sh*t' | Jonathan Kalan | Posted 11.18.2011 | Impact

A “flying toilet” is a particularly Kenyan device: a small grocery bag used as a toilet and then tossed out the window onto the street. The first ...

WATCH: Matt Damon Talks Sh*t For Global Sanitation Awareness

Posted 11.15.2011 | Impact

Though you may not have marked it on your calendars, World Toilet Day is coming up this Saturday. And Matt Damon has something explicit to say about i...

POOP Founder on World Toilet Day

Deanna Neil | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Deanna Neil

While poop can be funny, ecologically sound waste management and basic sanitation are no joke.

Worshipping at the Porcelain Altar: How Toilets can Change the World

Steve Fleischli | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Steve Fleischli

If I had to make a list of things Americans take for granted, the toilet would be near the top. That's because most of us don't really think about to...

Thousands Squat For 2.5 Billion Without Proper Sanitation On World Toilet Day

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Don't be alarmed if you spot people today popping a squat in office buildings, schools and public spaces. It's all part of World Toilet Day, which is ...

Stand Up for People that Can't Sit Down

John Sauer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Sauer

Every 20 seconds, a child dies of sanitation-related diseases, which kill five times as many children as HIV/AIDS.