* Promoting the importance of toilets and sanitation on World Water Day
* 02 min 54 secs
There’s nothing can make a kid laugh like a good potty joke. (Nat sound kids) Poop is funny … but it’s fatal.
SB (English) Clarissa Brocklehurst, Chief, Water and Environmental Sanitation, UNICEF: Faeces are dangerous.
Faeces are full of pathogens. Faeces of children are even more full of pathogens than those of adults.
On World Water Day, during the International Year of Sanitation – UNICEF wants to make something clear:
SB (English) Clarissa Brocklehurst, Chief, Water and Environmental Sanitation, UNICEF: Sanitation is about isolating human faeces – taking them out of the environment so it doesn’t cause disease. And the way you do that is with toilets, safe toilets, hygienic toilets, and also with good sewage disposal and treatment.
More than 2 and a half billion people live without safe toilets … that’s 200 million tons of untreated human waste a year.
SB (English) Clarissa Brocklehurst, Chief, Water and Environmental Sanitation, UNICEF: There’s this feeling that when you do your business out in the fields or in the woods that the faeces you produce are not going to do any harm, but then of course the rain washes it away…
Away into the water supply, or into direct contact with hands and feet. Bacterial infection from human waste kills 1.8 million people every year – most of them children.
Compromised health is bad enough … but think also about this: every young girl who wont to go to school, because there’s no loo; every woman who risks physical harm to venture into the bush for privacy; every parent who misses work, caring for children made sick from poor sanitation
Yes – toilets are about health. But also about dignity, safety, and even – money.
It’s believed that every dollar invested in sanitation … results in a tenfold return in increased productivity and tourism. And good sanitation isn’t expensive sanitation.
It may well cost 10 billion dollars a year to achieve the millennium development goal of halving the number of people w/o basic sanitation … but it will save 100 billion dollars in health and education costs.
UNICEF and other development experts agree – sanitation is achievable. But it demands plain speaking: SB (English) Clarissa Brocklehurst, Chief, Water and Environmental Sanitation, UNICEF: We have to be able to say toilets, we have to be able to say faeces, we have to be able to say defecation. You’re never going to achieve improved sanitation if we keep speaking in code.
(Nat sound kids) They can say it – how about you?
This is Elizabeth Kiem for UNICEF Television – Unite for Children