Clean and safe toilets and other sanitation facilities—like those being enjoyed by these Russian toddlers—are important for health and social mobility.
Photograph by Michael S. Yamashita, National Geographic

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    On November 19, 2001, the world recognized World Toilet Day. World Toilet Day is no joke! More than two billion people do not have access to a clean and safe toilet. This day draws attention to the urgent need for sanitation facilities around the world.
     
    Toilets and other clean restroom facilities can improve community life. Sanitation facilities reduce the incidents of diseases such as dysentery. Clean, safe restrooms also allow more women and girls to stay in school and join the work force.
     
    People can support World Toilet Day by encouraging government, businesses, and nonprofit organizations to invest in education programs and partnerships that support installing clean, safe toilets and other sanitation facilities. Supporters can also use the hashtag #WeCantWait—because the world can’t wait for improved sanitation.
  • Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry
    access Noun

    ability to use.

    business Noun

    sale of goods and services, or a place where such sales take place.

    community Noun

    group of organisms or a social group interacting in a specific region under similar environmental conditions.

    dangerous Adjective

    risky or unsafe.

    diarrhea Noun

    frequent bowel movements.

    disease Noun

    a harmful condition of a body part or organ.

    dysentery Noun

    possibly fatal disease with severe, bloody diarrhea.

    encourage Verb

    to inspire or support a person or idea.

    government Noun

    system or order of a nation, state, or other political unit.

    improve Verb

    to make something more valuable.

    incident Noun

    event or happening.

    install Verb

    to introduce and make ready for use.

    invest Verb

    to contribute time or money.

    nonprofit organization Noun

    business that uses surplus funds to pursue its goals, not to make money.

    recognize Verb

    to identify or acknowledge.

    reduce Verb

    to lower or lessen.

    sanitation Noun

    promotion of hygiene, health, and cleanliness.

    urgent Adjective

    requiring immediate action.

    widespread Adjective

    affecting a large area or community.