2.5 billion people don’t have access to adequate sanitation; that’s 1 in 3 of the world’s population.¹
Inadequate access to safe water and sanitation services, coupled with poor hygiene practice, kills and sickens thousands of children every day, which leads to impoverishment and diminished opportunities for thousands more.¹
After reaching puberty, girls in particular, are far less likely to regularly attend school if toilet and hygiene facilities are inadequate or non-existent. Children in such schools also face increased health risks including diarrhoea, worms and urinary infections - which can impact upon their ability to learn and result in increased absenteeism.¹
Schools, where water and sanitation facilities are poor, lack privacy, are unsafe or are non-existent, are likely to have the poorest student attendance records and highest drop-out rates.¹
UN Deputy Secretary General, Jan Eliasson recently acknowledged “Sanitation is cross-cutting: if you make progress on sanitation, then you dramatically improve the achievement of at least four other goals” speaking as the UN prepares to debate a new set of development goals.²
Hand washing with soap alone, has the highest impact on reducing disease transmission, including diarrhoea, lowering the condition by about 47%. However, awareness about the importance of hygiene practice, especially hand washing with soap, is low.¹
How You Can Help?
BCT supports the building of small blocks of clean, functioning toilets with individual privacy and hand washing facilities in schools. These blocks provide excellent facilities to allow for the privacy of students and ensure that they understand the need for hand washing and cleanliness.
Each block costs £8000 and is guaranteed to last 35 years.
¹ WHO/UNICEF JMP 2013
² Guardian, 28th Aug 2014