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World Toilet Day

Updated Friday, 19th November 2021

Toilets save lives. We've compiled some resources to help raise awareness for the 3.6 billion people who do not have access to toilets and proper sanitation.

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  • Nearly half the world’s population live without a 'safely managed sanitation service': a toilet, not shared with other households, that either treats or disposes of human waste on site, stores it safely to be emptied and treated off-site, or connects to a functioning sewer. 
  • Globally, at least 2 billion people use a drinking water source contaminated with faeces.
  • Every day, over 700 children under five years old die from diarrhoea linked to unsafe water, sanitation and poor hygiene

For more information, visit the WaterAid UK website.

Water in Ethiopia

In Ethiopia, 65% of people don’t have access to clean drinking water. In this video collection we take a glimpse at the struggles Ethiopians go through each day, just to survive. We look closely at the different methods used to improve the quality of life in the rural highlands as well as the conflict between neighbouring farming villages attempting to share the same water supply. This material forms part of the OU course Environment: journeys through a changing world.

Watch this video collection

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