World Toilet Day 19th November
Whilst the idea of a World Toilet Day may sound quite amusing, access to toilets is a really serious issue. It is a universal human need regardless of age, gender or ability. Unbelievably, 40% of the world’s population do not have access to a toilet. Poor sanitation results in something like 1,000 children dying every day from diarrhoeal diseases. Clean and safe toilets also help to keep more girls in school and increase attendance rates. Across the UK, public toilets are being closed at an unprecedented rate because Local Authorities have no funding to maintain them. We know from our experience in East Haven that many people are only able to access the outdoors and enjoy visiting the area because of a decent public toilet. Older people, children and those with disabilities and medical conditions should all be able to access the countryside. Therefore, access to clean, safe toilets is becoming a public health issue in the UK and not just an issue for under-developed countries. I hope that World Toilet day will make people across Scotland stop and think about this really important issue.