Why The Toilet Is A Great Invention

November 21, 2013 in Daily Bulletin

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Toilets are great aren’t they? Tanya Lewis offers some reasons why countries without toilets suffer:

  • Firstly, for reasons of improving basic hygiene. In 2012 heavy rains caused flooding in Sierra Leone that washed out the simple latrines, and meant a cholera outbreak that made 25,000 people ill.
  • Trachoma is a disease that causes blindness, and is carried by a fly that breeds exclusively on human excrement. Toilets for everyone would mean less blindness, to the tune of 1.2 million fewer blind people.
  • If there are no toilets, this means doing one’s business outside. Women need to travel a fair way to relieve themselves, and put them at risk of sexual violence. More toilets, safer women.
  • Can you imagine being a teenage girl with no private restrooms at your school? Not likely. Private toilets increase female school attendance.

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Source: Live Science