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Time to talk about toilets

Imagine what it would be like to have no toilet? For 2.6 billion people it's a daily reality to have no access to proper sanitation and more than one billion are forced to defecate in the open.For women and girls, not having a toilet means they are at increased risk of rape and other dangers. Up to 1/4 of schoolgirls drop out of school permanently because of the lack of a toilet. Improving sanitation not only has health and safety benefits: it can also reduce stunting, improve nutrition, boost economic growth and development. Join a panel of water and sanitation experts on World Toilet Day, Tuesday Nov 19, 14:00 to 15:00 GMT to find out about solutions and talk about why toilets and sanitation matter for the wellbeing of girls.- Nick Burn, chief of programs, Water for People- Jae So, head of Water and Sanitation Program, World Bank- Bethlehem Mengistu, regional advocacy manager for East Africa, Water Aid- Anishka Sankar, CEO and co-founder, Tansa Clean and Dr Mahesh Gunasekara, health and care coordinator, International Federation of the Red Cross

I think we can moan and groan about lack money and political will and keep saying If only .... or the problem with sanitation is..... This does not find sustainable solutions. Just as when we find any other barrier to development we either have to keep hitting our heads against the wall or find a way round. Water can keep hitting its head against the wall if it likes, but I think sanitation as a business is becoming a proven way forward.StevenSugdenNov 19, 2013 at 10:01 PM

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