World Toilet Day – a Journey to “Open Defection Free”

World Toilet Day - a Journey to "Open Defection Free"

Today is World Toilet Day, happy to announce that India is now 100% OFD (Open Defecation Free), 5.5 years back it was the biggest challenge for India as coverage was 39%. Thanks to our PM Shri. Narendra Modi Ji, who has established the Swachcha Bharat Program and set the biggest example to accomplish the Goal.

We are living in metro cities, where shopping mall toilets are like 4* hotel toilets, so we may not be able to visualize the importance of toilets. Open Defection is a serious threat for many reasons:

Child Death – There are about 1000+ kids every year who died due to Diarrhea diseases due to poor sanitation.
EDUCATION/GIRLS – Surprising but the truth, most of the girls in rural areas were not able to attend school due to a lack of clean and safe toilets.
Financial – There are studies conducted by the various organization in the past and found that a single Dollar spent on Water & Sanitation generates about four times the return in the form of cost reduced on the Healthcare budget.

I hope the importance of ODF is now clear to all readers, probably this could be the reason the UN set the 19th November to remember as ‘World Toilet Day’

‘World Toilet Day’ is not much popular (I may be wrong) or not celebrated like Mothers/Women Day. Considering the facts, it has to be taught in our school books for better awareness.
This day was first established by the World Toilet Organization in 2001, took almost 12 years where UN General Assembly declared 19th November as World Toilet Day in the year 2013.

What’s UN World Toilet Day?

World Toilet Organization is having a very long tail to work in this field, it was founded on 19 November 2001 and they conducted the first ‘World Toilet Summit’ on the same day. It was the first impression to put light on the importance of ODF. Eighteen years back it was just a brainchild, however slowly and gradually getting matured and countries are giving importance and priority to this program. There are so many NGO’s, private sector, civil societies work working together to uproot the sensitive issue of sanitation.

One of the research facts suggests that human living conditions are not good, irrespective of we are in a JET age where the cost of the satellite is a mere few millions, whereas toilet facility may cost a few hundred. Reference  

Countries With The Fewest Toilets Per Capital

Rank Country % of population with access to toilet facilities
1 South Sudan 6.70%
2 Niger 10.90%
3 Togo 11.60%
4 Madagascar 12%
5 Chad 12.10%
6 Sierra Leone 13.30%
7 Ghana 14.90%
8 Congo 15%
9 Tanzania 15.60%
10 Eritrea 15.70%
11 Liberia 16.90%
12 Papua New Guinea 18.90%

Luckily India is not in first 10 nations, fortunate to have a PM like Mr. Modi who fought this battle and embarked to 100% toilet facilities.

It is a fact that as per 2011/2012 census half of India’s 1.2 billion population was not having the toilet facility, whereas more people own the mobile phone. [BBC report]

Meeting 100% coverage is one of the important success criteria, however still a lot of work to be done:

  • Awareness programs to be conducted for the importance of the use of toilets
  • Need to maintain clean and hygienic conditions
  • As the population grows, ensure to facilities to be provided accordingly.
With this blog, I would like to thank to:
  • World Toilet Organization for uplifting this issue for community welfare and ensuring that people are working towards better facilities.
  • Indian Prime minister Sh. Narendra Modi ji for setting up high bars to achieve this goal in just 5.5 years.
  • Indian Government and ministries who worked in this direction and uprooted the cause of a poor mindset.

Thanks, everyone for reading this blog, kindly share this information with others to have a better environment for human beings.

With best wishes.

Team Art-India

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2 thoughts on “World Toilet Day – a Journey to “Open Defection Free”

  1. devanshgupt says:

    Really a good topic to spread awareness. Nicely explained about the issue, all of us should come forward to ensure that such facilities not to be spoiled and better utilized by citizens.

  2. Amit says:

    Well done GOI, thanks deven to bring this subject in front of us. Very important topic, wasn’t aware of the facts earlier, after reading this blog now I can visualize the importance in our daily life.

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