today is world toilet day, one day out of the year to shed light on the fact that 2.6 billion people are without access to toilets. every 20 seconds, a child dies from water-related diseases, mostly diarrhea. that’s like eight 747s crashing every day, killing all passengers. i didn’t even know this was something that could kill, but diarrhea kills more kids than AIDS, malaria and measles combined!
more info here or check out the article i co-wrote for WASH united’s guest blog post on the gates foundation blog on why it’s not a lack of technological or financial resources that needs to be overcome to solve this problem. the problem is the lack of public discourse on this ‘taboo’ topic.
by the way, vanguard is a great investigative journalism TV format you should check out!