Toilets not telephones

According to a U.N. report, of the 7 billion people who live on this planet, 6 billion have access to mobile phones but only 4.5 billion have access to toilets or latrines.

That 2.5 billion without basic sanitation represents around 37% of the population, and of this 2.5 billion, over 1 billion still defecate out in the open. No surprise to learn that the countries with the higher levels of open defecation also have the highest number of under-five child deaths.

A bit of a sad reflection on the world’s priorities where phones come before even the most basic levels of¬†hygiene.

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