World Toilet Day aims to raise awareness and inspire action to tackle the global sanitation crisis – a topic often neglected. CHESIDS supported Eziedo Chidubem Kelvin, a Youth Volunteer under our Partnering with Youth 4 Health (PY4H) initiative to implement an intervention towards improving the sanitation of community members of Zhilu Village, Jabi, Abuja. One of several components of the intervention was the construction of a three-unit pour flush toilet to reduce open defecation within the community. The commissioning of this 3-unit pour flush toilet at Zhilu Village community, Jabi, Abuja was part of our commemoration of the 2016 World Toilet Day.

Community leaders and members were in attendance at the commemoration and expressed their joy and relieve explaining that it will go a long way in reducing the incidence of open defecation in the community.

In her remarks, CHESIDS’ founding director, Dr Charity Chenge reiterated the importance of community members in securing, maintaining and promoting the use of the toilets as a collective responsibility.

The Esu of Zhilu Village, Chief Abraham D. Abeyi, expressed happiness on the provision of the toilet facility for his community and also lauded the Youth Volunteer, Eziedo Chidubem, who presented his community for the intervention. He pledged his support for any such program in the community and also promised to oversee the maintenance of the toilets commissioned.



Secretary-General's Message for 2016

World Toilet Day aims to raise awareness and inspire action to tackle the global sanitation crisis – a topic often neglected and shrouded in taboos.

This year’s observance focuses on ‘toilets and jobs’ and the impact of sanitation -- or the lack of it -- on livelihoods and work environments.

Toilets play a crucial role in creating a strong economy.  A lack of toilets at work and at home has severe consequences, including poor health leading to absenteeism, reduced concentration, exhaustion, and decreased productivity. About 17 per cent of all workplace deaths are caused by disease transmission at work.

Access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) can make economies grow faster.  Approximately $260 billion is lost each year to the effects of poor sanitation and unsafe water.  Every dollar invested in water and sanitation leads to $4 in economic returns.

Yet at least 2.4 billion people across the world lack access to toilets and are struggling to stay well, keep their children alive and work towards a better future.  Investing in appropriate toilets is especially important for women and girls so that they have private, clean and safe facilities, and are able to manage menstruation or pregnancy safely.

Sustainable development goal 6 calls on the international community to ensure access to toilets by 2030.  Delivering on this basic human right -- the right to water and sanitation -- is good for people, business and the economy. Let us continue working towards a world where everyone, everywhere, has adequate and equitable sanitation.

Ban Ki-moon